3 dead, 2 in critical condition after lightning strike near the White House

Three people have died in Washington D.C. after a lightning strike on Thursday, according to D.C. Metropolitan Police.The two who died have been identified as couple James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both of Janesville, Wisconsin.Friday afternoon, police said a 29-year-old man died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending family notification.The condition of the other person who was injured has not been released.The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park, which sits directly across the street from the White House, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a news conference Thursday evening.”All four were suffering critical, life-threatening injuries” when help arrived, Maggiolo said.The victims were riding out the storm under a tree, according to a law enforcement source.Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. Maggiolo said officials from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service and the Park Police were on the scene immediately to help with the response.”We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Friday. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”A severe thunderstorm hit the D.C. region around 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

Three people have died in Washington D.C. after a lightning strike on Thursday, according to D.C. Metropolitan Police.

The two who died have been identified as couple James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, both of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Friday afternoon, police said a 29-year-old man died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending family notification.

The condition of the other person who was injured has not been released.

The lightning strike hit Lafayette Park, which sits directly across the street from the White House, Vito Maggiolo, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said in a news conference Thursday evening.

“All four were suffering critical, life-threatening injuries” when help arrived, Maggiolo said.

The victims were riding out the storm under a tree, according to a law enforcement source.

James and Donna Mueller

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James and Donna Mueller

Two men and two women were transferred to area hospitals, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. Maggiolo said officials from the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service and the Park Police were on the scene immediately to help with the response.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Friday. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”

A severe thunderstorm hit the D.C. region around 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

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