Two people have died and two are in critical condition after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington. This is reported AP with reference to the Metropolitan Police Department.
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James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died from their injuries.
The other two, a man and a woman, are in critical condition. Their identities are not revealed.
Authorities did not specify exactly how the people were injured, other than that they were severely injured as a result of a lightning strike.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life following a lightning strike in Lafayette Park. Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
The lightning strike was witnessed by members of the Secret Service and park police, officials said. They ran to provide first aid.
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