Violent week in the US amid govt shutdown

A WEEK in which Washington was first shaken by a shutdown of the federal government and then rattled by a car chase and shooting on Capitol Hill ended with scenes of a medical helicopter evacuating a man who was on fire in the National Mall.

A witness described seeing the man pour a red can of petrol on his head and then set himself on fire.

Nicole Didyk said she saw four or five men with their shirts off, using the clothing to beat out flames that were engulfing a man's body.

The men putting out the fire were passers-by, she said, and one of them told her that the man had ''saluted the Capitol and then lit himself on fire''.

One of the men putting out the flames told Ms Didyk that the man said ''thank you'' after the men put out the flames.

 

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