Man lights himself on fire at park near White House

In one of the most disturbing stories of the week, a man lit himself on fire on grounds close to the White House.

For unknown reasons, Maryland resident Arnav Gupta set himself on fire, then walked around nonchalantly, completely engulfed in flames, until authorities showed up.

Reported Missing

There is obviously a lot more to the backstory on this, as facts are still being revealed. What we do know, however, is that Gupta was reported missing from his home around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

Around noon that day, he appeared at the Ellipse, which is the park north of the Washington Monument. It is a well-known tourist area and always filled with thousands of people.

At approximately 12:20 p.m., Gupta used some sort of device to set himself on fire. For several seconds, he walked around the park, appearing as though the flames had no effect on him at all.

Video was captured by some tourists in the area…

First responders in the area were quick to put out the flames, but the damage was done, and he was clearly in critical condition. Gupta was rushed to a local hospital, where it was later announced that he had died.

At the time of his disappearance, police stated they were concerned about his mental state.

Still Investigating

As of this morning, local police were still investigating what actually happened and why Gupta decided to light himself on fire.

They are trying to locate his car in the hope of finding the supplies and accelerant that was used by Gupta.

Due to the close nature of the park and the White House, rumors are already starting to circulate, but police are adamant they do not yet have a motive.

The case now rests with the D.C. Police Department.

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