Man Tried To Set Himself On Fire Outside the Supreme Court

Marissa Newby

On Friday evening, someone lit themselves on fire just outside the Supreme Court building. No motive is known yet and the individual has not been publicly identified.

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The Capital Police tweeted that a medical helicopter had landed near the Capitol for a "medical emergency" and noted that it was "not a public safety issue". They also tweeted that they would be closing two roads because of the emergency. Chad Pergram tweeted a video of the helicopter landing from a nearby area just outside the Supreme Court. According to CBS, the incident took place in the plaza in front of the court building.

Earlier on Friday, Washington D.C. saw more violence when people were injured in an active shooter situation in northwest Washington. The injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment and remained in stable condition this evening. Metropolitan Police have named a person of interest in the shooting case. 23 year-old Raymond Spencer is wanted for questioning and his photo was released to the media Friday evening.

At this time, law enforcement does not believe the two incidents are connected. This would not be the first time in recent history someone attempted to emolliate themselves at the Capitol. In May of 2019, Arnav Gupta lit himself on fire near the White House and succumbed to his injuries. The condition of the individual involved in today's attempt remains unknown at this time. According to Capitol police, no one else was injured or involved in the incident during the initial investigation.

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