Three dead from lightning strike near White House with one more in critical condition

A lightning strike hits a tree in Lafayette Park across from the White House, killing three people and injuring one other below (Picture: REUTERS)

Three people who were critically injured after being struck by lightning outside the White House Thursday evening have died, while one remains seriously injured in the hospital.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, a couple from Janesville, Wisconsin, died from injuries sustained after lightning struck in Lafayette Park in Northwest DC Thursday evening.

The pair, along with two others, were just outside of the White House complex as severe thunderstorms shook the region.

A third victim, a 29-year-old man, died from his injuries Friday afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

The fourth victim, a woman, was left in critical condition following the incident, the police said. Their identities have not been released.

Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, D.C. are seen blocked off after a lightning strike Ki**ed two and injured two others (Picture: REX)

Emergency medical crews were brought to the scene just before 7pm and took all four of the victims to the hospital with ‘critical, life-threatening injuries.’

Authorities have not shared specifics on how the people were injured, other than that they were critically hurt in the lightning strike.

DC Fire and EMS Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo could not specify their exact injuries.

‘All we know for sure is that there was a lightning strike in their vicinity, in their immediate vicinity, and all four were injured,’ he said, according to

All four people were found within the vicinity of a tree near a statue of former President Andrew Jackson, officials said.

It’s unclear what they were doing prior to the lightning striking the area and if they knew each other.

Following the tragedy, DC Fire and EMS warned DC residents and visitors to remain vigilant as thunderstorms are expected to continue Friday.

‘We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,’ White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

‘Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.’



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