Washington was hit by a storm during which the discharge took place
At least two people have died and two others are seriously injured after several lightning strikes last Thursday in the vicinity of the White House, police sources confirmed to CBS on Friday.
The deceased have been identified as James and Donna Mueller, 76 and 75 years old and natives of Wisconsin, who were electrocuted while walking through Lafayette Park, which is in front of the residence of the North American president.
The other two injured are in danger of death, confirmed the Police, who have not released their identities.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life in Lafayette Park,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones and we are praying for those who are still fighting for their lives,” she added.
The four people were found in a wooded area near the famous equestrian statue of former US President Andrew Jackson and before the arrival of the emergency services they received the assistance of the Park Police and the Secret Service, in charge of protecting the presidential residence. .