A Washington, D.C. Metro Police spokesperson confirmed that police responded to a call of a man on fire at the National Mall at approximately 4:24 p.m. on Friday. Metro Police said the man was conscious and breathing.
The incident occurred just one day after police shot and killed Miriam Carey, a 34 year old mother from Connecticut after a car chase that began at a White House security checkpoint and ended outside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Police believe the woman suffered from mental illness.
On Monday, the U.S. National Park Service barricaded the monuments and memorials on the National Mall and turned off its 45 fountains after the federal government shut down at midnight.
As a result of the government shutdown, the United States Department of Homeland Security announced plans to furlough more than 30,000 of its 230,000 employees. However, DHS said security guards seen as critical to the nation's safety and security, such as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and TSA airport security would report for duty.
All national parks and musuems nationwide are closed or operating on minimum staffing due to the government shtdown.
It is not clear if the injured man was in a restricted area of the National Mall. He was airlifted to an area hospital.