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    Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man set himself on fire on the National Mall in the nation's capital as passers-by rushed over to help put out the flames, officials and witnesses said Friday afternoon.

    The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and the man's identity was not disclosed. But it occurred in public view, on a central national gathering place, in a city still rattled by a mass shooting last month and a high-speed car chase outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday that ended with a woman being shot dead by police with a young child in the car.

    The man on the Mall suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital, said District of Columbia fire department spokesman Tim Wilson.

    He was standing by himself in the center portion of the Mall when he emptied the contents of a red gasoline can on himself and set himself on fire moments later, said Katy Scheflen, who witnessed it as she walked across the area. Police say they responded around 4:20 p.m. Friday.

    Scheflen said the man was clearly alive as the fire spread, and passing joggers took off their shirts in an effort to help put out the flames. It was not clear who actually extinguished the flames.

    A police department spokesman said the man was conscious and breathing at the scene. MedStar Washington Hospital Center tweeted that the man was taken there and he was in critical condition Friday night.

    "There was not a lot people could do because it was a gasoline fire," Scheflen said.

    She said he may have said something before he acted "but it was nothing intelligible." She said she did not see him holding any signs before he set himself ablaze.

    She said there was another man with a tripod set up near him, but it's unclear if the man was filming the incident.

    Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police, which is investigating along with the D.C. police department, said: "I'm not aware of any signage or any articulation of any causes."

    The D.C. police department has dispatched its violent crimes branch, which responds to cases in which a person suffers serious injury
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    maybe it was for foreign consumption

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    He got what he wanted, he died


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in the U.S. capital has died of his injuries, which were so severe that authorities will have to use DNA and dental records to identify him, District of Columbia police said Saturday.

    The man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted, Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said.

    The man poured the contents of a red canister of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help put out the flames. Police had said he was conscious and breathing at the scene, but he was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries.

    Police are investigating the man's possible motives. Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police said Friday she was not aware that he had carried any signs with him or had articulated a cause.

    One witness, Katy Scheflen, said she did not hear the man say anything intelligible before he set himself on fire. But she said she did notice that another man with a tripod was standing nearby and had disappeared by the time the police had arrived. It was not immediately clear whether a recording exists.

    "He appeared to be waiting for something to happen. After it happened, he was gone," Scheflen, a Justice Department lawyer, said Saturday of the man with the tripod.

    "I can't say what the connection was between them or whether there was a connection," she added.
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    YIKES THAT HAD TO HURT . AN GAS IS NOT CHEAP .

    WELL HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR SOME CAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KNOW WHAT IT WAS? WTF . GUY WITH TRIPOD DISAPPEARS WTF ??? THAT GUY DELT WITH SOME SERIOUS PAIN TO PROVE SOME POINT TO BAD WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT.

    HMMM GUYS WALKING AROUND WITH RED GAS CANS IN DC SHOULD BE A REASON OF CONCERN .
    JUST LAST WEEK I POSTED ABUT A GUY WHO WALKED ON A BUSS TOSSED GAS AN LITE IT OFF .

    BETTER BAN GAS CANS THAT HOLD MORE THAN 4 PINTS OF GAS AS HIGH CAPACITY MURDER CANS ARE A THREAT TO THE CHILDREN .

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    THAT GUY DELT WITH SOME SERIOUS PAIN TO PROVE SOME POINT TO BAD WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT.
    I was thinking the same thing.
    Maybe in a few days a letter will show up somewhere?
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    We will only hear what his reason was if it is anti conservitive
    good guns and bad girls what a life.

    How can you trust a government that can't run a business of sell sex and booze without bankrupting it.

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    I wonder when and where the video will show up. It sure sounds like the guy with the tripod was involved.
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    I DON'T KNOW BUT THERE HAS TO BE SURVALINACE VIDEO OF THE AREA .

    HE HAD A 2.5 GALLION OR SO RED GAS CAN WALKING AROUND BY THE CAPITOL YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE A SECURITY ISSUE.

    WE HAVE WOMEN SHOOT IN THERE CARS OFF CAMERA , 800,000 BIKERS OFF CAMERA , GUYS LIGHTING THEM SELVES ON FIRE OFF CAMERA , APPARENTLY YOU CAN DO WHAT EVER YOU WANT IN FROT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AN THERE IS NO SURVEILLANCE . JUST DON'T TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE .

    HE WAS A BLACK MAN BTW . THE MEDIA SEEMS TO FORGET TO REPORT DESCRIPTIONS THESE DAYS . HE WAS IN STABLE CONDITION THEY REPORTED HOW EVER . APPARENTLY DEAD IS A STABLE CONDITION

    THAT HAD TO HURT .
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    LOT OF PICTURES HERE . HOW IS THE WHOLE INCIDENT NOT ON VIDEO ??

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1476755

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    IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF A GUY CAN GET THIS CLOSE WITH A GIANT CAN OF GAS HE COULD GET THIS CLOSE WITH A ROCKET LAUNCHER , SNIPER RIFLE. POISONOUS GAS, RC PLANE OR HELICOPTER WITH A BOMB. KITE WITH A BOMB SHARKS WITH FINS , ETC .

    HE SURE THE HELL DIDNT HAVE THAT CAN IN HIS PANTS

    HOW IS THIS INCIDENT NOT ON VIDEO????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????
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