Wisconsin couple killed, 2 others injured in lightning strike near White House
(ABC 6 News) – A Wisconsin couple was killed and two others were seriously injured after a lightning strike near the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday.
According to ABC News, police confirmed that 76-year-old James Mueller and 75-year-old Donna Mueller—both from Janesville, Wisconsin—died after being injured in the strike in Lafayette Park, located directly outside the White House complex.
Police said firefighters and EMS also responded and were treating four patients found in “the vicinity of a tree,” ABC News reports.
The other man and woman treated at the scene were also taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. Their identities are unknown at this time.
"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."
Apparent lightning strike Lafayette Park NW. #DCsBravest on scene in the process of treating and transporting 4 patients, all in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/1jyCh44Q2n— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 4, 2022