Man sets himself on fire at Washington’s National Mall

Man sets himself on fire at Washington’s National Mall
A sign on the U.S. National Mall declares it closed due to government shutdown as police investigate the scene where a man set himself on fire.

WASHINGTON - A man set himself on fire near the US Congress on Friday, police said, one day after a woman was shot dead by law enforcement after a high-speed chase nearby.

“It does appear that a man sustained self-inflicted burns,” Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

“The investigation is still unfolding.”

The incident followed dramatic scenes on the streets of the American capital on Thursday, when a 34-year-old woman led police on a high-speed car chase before being shot dead.

Police on Friday raced to the scene at the National Mall grassy esplanade just steps from the US Capitol.

The man was conscious and breathing when police got on the scene around 4:30 pm (2030 GMT), Crump’s office said.

Fire and rescue crews on the scene, and Metro Transit Police was assisting with the case.

Washington tourist Meghan Van Heertum, who was standing nearby, said the man was African-American.

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