Elderly couple struck by lightning near White House die, two remain critical

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An elderly Wisconsin couple, one of four struck by lightning near the White House, have died, police said Friday.

Tourists Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76, were among four hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck them in Lafayette Square late Thursday, DC police told The Post.

They were later “pronounced dead as a result of the lightning strike”, while another man and woman who were also hit remain in “critical condition”, police confirmed.

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“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life following the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“Our hearts are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives.”

Tragedy struck in front of the White House, and uniformed Secret Service agents were among the first to arrive on the scene to provide assistance, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo had said.

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Two other victims are in “critical condition”, authorities said.
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Four people were hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Washington DC's Lafayette Square.
Four people were hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Washington DC’s Lafayette Square.
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Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, DC are seen shut down after a lightning strike on August 4, 2022 seriously injured four people.
Lafayette Square is a few blocks from the White House.
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Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, DC are seen shut down after a lightning strike on August 4, 2022 seriously injured four people.
Secret Service agents were reportedly among the first responders helping the victims.
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Tourists Donna Mueller and James Mueller have died after a lightning strike near the White House.
Tourists Donna Mueller and James Mueller have died after a lightning strike near the White House.
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“All four had serious life-threatening injuries,” said Maggiolo, who was forced to give a briefing via video from a car because of the significant storm conditions that are still occurring.

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