Three people are struck dead near the White House

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Lightning s was shot on Thursday in the public park that borders the residence of the American president.

Three people died and another was seriously injured after being struck by lightning across from the White House on Thursday night in Washington, police confirmed to AFP on Friday.

Two people were declared dead after being struck by lightning in Lafayette Square, a few meters from the gates of the White House, police said Friday morning.

They are a couple from rural Wisconsin, James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, authorities said.

They were on a trip to the US capital to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary, their niece told the local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The The death of a third victim, a 29-year-old man, was confirmed Friday afternoon by police.

The fourth person remained in critical condition Friday, according to the font.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre expressed her condolences to the families of those who died in a statement on Friday and offered her prayers for those still fighting for their lives. life.

Lightning struck Thursday in the public park that borders the residence of the US President a few minutes before 7 p.m.

Photos released by firefighters showed scores of rescue vehicles in the tree-studded square as the storm continued to batter Washington.

The probability of being struck by lightning is one in a million, according to data from US health authorities.

As soon as there is lightning, you must take refuge in a safe place. Trees, of course, are not safe places, Washington Fire Department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said in an interview with local media.

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