An elderly Wisconsin couple who were struck by lightning near the White House have died, police said Friday.
Tourists Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were among four who were hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Square late Thursday, DC police told the Post With.
They were later “declared dead of the lightning strike,” while another man and woman who were also struck remain in “critical condition,” the force confirmed.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life following the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives.”
The tragedy happened across the street from the White House, and uniformed Secret Service officers were among the first to rush to the scene and begin assisting, Fire Department spokesman Vito Maggiolo had said.
“All four suffered life-threatening injuries,” said Maggiolo, who was forced to provide a video briefing from a car due to the still ongoing significant storm conditions.
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