Lightning kills three near White House
It was the first fatal shooting in Washington since 1991
Thursday night following a lightning strike across the street from the White House. James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, died from their injuries, a D.C. Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed. The couple was visiting from Wisconsin. On Friday afternoon, police said the 29-year-old man died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending notification of family. A law enforcement source said the victims were riding out the storm under a tree. The storm hit the DC region around 7 p.m.
Based on the last 10 years of data in the U.S., there have been an average of 16 lightning deaths per year since Aug. 4, Jancius said Friday evening. He also noted that this week marked the first fatality in Washington since May 17, 1991, when a tree was struck by lightning at a lacrosse game, killing one and injuring 10 others.
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