According to Daily News on Friday, the man who lit himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington DC may have an accomplice.
The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Friday between the Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery. After the man reportedly poured gasoline on himself, then lit himself on fire, he was in critical condition Friday night.
The man reportedly thanked the joggers that stopped to help put out the flames before he was taken via helicopter to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
'I'm not aware of any signage or any articulation of any causes,' said Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police.
A witness, Katy Scheflen, said she stopped because she saw a guy with a tripod set up. The man appeared to be filming another man who then took a red can of gasoline and dumped it over his head. 'At that point we didn't know what was going, maybe it was some sort of stage protest,' Scheflen said. 'And then he set himself on fire and went up in flames,' she said. 'Whoosh.'
The man then went up in flames.
'Some heads up joggers put out the flames,' she said. 'A guy took his shirt off, ran over, you know, start trying to beat the flames out. A couple other joggers also stopped to help.'
'He was aware something was about to happen. Otherwise he was filming nothing but a guy standing there,' Scheflen said about the guy with the camera.
'It was obviously an intentional act,' she said. 'Somebody has a video of the whole thing.'