D.C. Man On Fire Near The US Capitol

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - October 4, 2013

A man has allegedly set himself on fire close to the US Capitol in Washington DC. According to witnesses, the man dumped a container of gasoline over his head and then set himself on fire. According to officials, the man was life lighted to the hospital and treated for severe burns. It is yet to be determined if this is a reaction to the government shutdown or just a sad accident. Details are still emerging.

Just yesterday a woman was shot while trying to drive her vehicle to the White House and US Capitol. The woman was later identified as 34 year old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut. Carey had tried to break through a barrier to the White House and later tried to do the same thing at the US Capitol. Family members said that the woman was suffering from post partum depression. Carey’s one year old child was in the car at the time of the incident but was luckily not injured.

These events follow another tragedy that took place a few weeks ago at a nearby Navy yard where a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas shot and killed 12 people and injured 14 others.

Tensions are running high in Washington as the government shutdown is still in effect. Loans, disability applications have been delayed, national parks and memorials have closed and many people are finding themselves without a job. Congress has yet to agree on the spending bill and most people have negative feelings about the shutdown and the government in general at this point.

Desperate times call for desperate majors. Are these tragedies sad and extreme reactions to the shutdown or is it just a coincidence that they have happened near the capitol?

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Ellisha Rader Mannering

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • Chas Holman

    I can only imagine the Speaker of the house and his band of Sam I Am reading criminal misfits will dismiss this just more game playing.

    Whatever caused this man to go over the edge one thing is certain. Very real people are hurting, and the millionaires on the hill are using their energies and our money fighting for tax cuts for their fat cat friends.

    • http://Webpronews/life Arthur Irvine

      Sounds like this Democrat is watching too muchMSNBC

  • http://webpronews.com carla anderson

    It looks like this republican is watching to much Stupid uninformed FOX NEWS. F\OX NEWS lies and anybody who listens to those idiots are just as stupid as they are. Research those lies before you take that stuff to heart. Or are you just blind with prejudice……. Half the poor idiots who claim to hate the very programs the democrats are trying to enforce are the people who need the programs….. Isn’t that funny…..

    • J Fred

      Carla your the “uninformed” You don’t know the difference between “opinion shows” vs “news shows” The ones that need the programs the most happen to be folks who have a sense of pride and know how to pull up the boot straps and will survive. It’s you and the self entitled who will curl up into a little ball in the next two years and not survive because you don’t know how to.

  • Jeanne

    The ongoing chaos in DC, the government shutdown, Obamacare and the $16 trillion debt is what happens when you have idiots like Pelosi and Reid supporting a bill they do not understand. Of course, they do not care what is facing the American people as a whole, with statements like, “the Obamacare bill must be passed in order for it be read and understood”. WTF?????? Everybody will be governed by Obamacare. Really? Also, they do not care that the majority of Americans will be paying Obamacare coverage for those on welfare or refuse to work, while King Obama, Froggy Reid, Queenie Pelosi and the likes exempt themselves from having to participate in Obamacare. The President refused to answer the question posed to him by Charles Gibson as to whether he would give up his insurance and join Obamacare like the mandate he put on all other American citizens. No response from Obama. I am sick of the whole damned bunch of so called do-gooders. Yeah, do-gooders for whom, themselves? I have been hearing about the 16 trillion dollar debt for years now, but the King, Froggy and Queenie don’t care. Just increase the budget again. How can you continue to increase a budget when you don’t have budget or the money to fund a budget? We, the American people deserve what we get for allowing bs to continue as long as it has while we sit back on our laurels and do nothing. Yeah, good old USA. We who have set back and let our elected officials do this to us are just as guilty as every elected official in the nation. Can anyone tell me how the American people could ever allow Congress, the President of the U.S. and their staff to be exempt from any law or bill that affects all other Americans? Equality, there will never be equality as long as Congress and the President are allowed to do whatever they want. Blame, blame yourself Americans for doing nothing to insure equality is across the board, to include the President and Congress. No exemptions for anyone.

  • http://webpronews georgetta busler

    ONLY 1 PERSON MENTIONED THE ‘POOR MAN’ IN THEIR WHOLLY POLITICAL RANTS. SHAME ON THE OTHERS. This man could have had ongoing mental issues or gripes about other things besides the government. And, Ms. Mannering, pouring gasoline over oneself is not ‘a sad accident’. I know you are striving for political correctness but it’s okay to “call a ‘spade a spade'” [oh, better not say that, some one will take umbrage with that phrase] okay then, ” ‘a spatula a spatula’ “.