Two people who were badly injured in lightning strike outside The White House is dead, police confirmed to CBS News on Friday. Two more remain in the hospital. with life-threatening injuries.
James Muller, 76, and Donna Muller, 75 of Janesville, Wisconsin, deceased of their injuries after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Park, located directly outside The White House complex, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The Muellers’ niece Michelle McNett announced this. in statement that the couple were high school sweethearts who we on trip to celebrate the 56th wedding anniversary. they’re gone behind five children10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
” family asks for solitude and prayers as they experience this sudden tragedy,” McNett said.
Two other people, a man and a woman, were in critical condition, police said. Their identities are not immediately revealed.
The lightning strike was reported at 18:52. The victims were near the statue. of Andrew Jackson, Maggiolo said, adding that “it seemed like they in neighborhood of wood.”
Uniformed Secret Service Agents and US Park Police Officers who we in in area and witnessed the strike first assistance to the victims,” Maggiolo said.
“Their agents, their officers witnessed this lightning strike and immediately began to provide assistance,” Maggiolo said.
What exactly the victims were doing at that time is not specified.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after a lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. in statement. “Our hearts with families who lost loved ones and we pray for they are still fighting for their lives.”
CBS News camera it was a record on The North Lawn of the White House at the time of lightning strike captured powerful bolt of thunder.
“Thunder was so loud @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up in “Scared,” CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Nancy Cordes tweeted. “It’s too close – we’re closing. downphotographer Ron Wyndham advised.