Man Who Set Himself on Fire in Front of Supreme Court Dies

The male who set himself on fire in front of the U.S. Supreme Court has died, the Metropolitan Police said on Saturday.

Authorities identified the man as 50-year-old Wynn Bruce from Boulder, Colorado, and said he died from the injuries after he set himself on fire.

A police report shows Wynn lit himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. He was airlifted to a local hospital after the incident.

Supreme Court spokesperson Patricia McCabe said in a statement to outlets that the event took place on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court building.

The Supreme Court Police, U.S. Capitol Police, and the D.C. police had responded to the incident. No one else was injured.

There was no threat to public safety, McCabe told outlets.

“The area remains closed for further investigation, but this is not a public safety issue,” she said in a statement.

The Capitol is located across the street from the Supreme Court.

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Washington police cruisers parked on K Street in McPherson Square, Washington, on Feb. 5, 2012. (Karen Bleier/AFP via Getty Images)

The incident comes after a shooting in Washington, D.C., where at least four people were hit.

Police said the suspect was found dead hours later inside a residence in the area of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street in the Van Ness neighborhood of Washington.

The identity of the suspect was not released.

Police believe the man erected a “sniper-type setup” with a tripod and rifle in his apartment and began firing indiscriminately at people walking below, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said. The shooting was recorded and posted online on 4chan, an online message board.

A shelter-in-place was ordered after the shooting and was lifted around 9:30 p.m. after the suspect was found dead.

The four victims of the shooting include a 54-year-old man who is a retired police officer, a woman in her 30s, a woman in her mid-60s who was grazed by a bullet, and a 12-year-old girl who was shot in the arm.

They all are expected to recover, police said.

Gabrielle Stephenson and The Associated Press contributed to the report.

From The Epoch Times