WASHINGTON, DC. (THECOUNT) — Two were killed and two more were transported to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries Thursday night in Washington, DC, following a massive lightning strike just outside the White House.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin, both died of their injuries overnight, the Metropolitan Police Department said.


“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”

The two others, a man and a woman, remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Their identities were not provided as of Friday morning.