The man who died after dousing himself with gasoline and setting himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington D.C. was identified as John Constantino of New Jersey on Friday.
A small group of bystanders attempted to put the fire out by hitting Constantino with their t-shirts, according to witnesses.
“I saw a man sitting in flames,” Adam Stifel, a man jogging in the area at the time, said “He had already doused himself in gasoline, I believe.”
Paramedics arrived immediately and took Constantino, who was semi-conscious, to the hospital.
The Metropolitan Police Department is unsure why Constantino lit himself on fire.
Some suspect that Constantino’s self-immolation was a form of political protest, considering he chose to perform the act in the National Mall, which holds many of the war monuments in the nation’s capitol.
The incident occurred only a mile from where a woman led D.C. police on a high speed chase, which resulted in her death.
Police are asking anyone with information to call their office.