WASHINGTON D.C – The man who set himself on fire at the National Mall on Friday has been identified as John Constantino (64), a native of Mount Laurel, NJ. Metropolitan Police have reached out to the public for details.
The incident occurred shortly after 4PM EST where Constantino was found at Seventh Street and Madison Drive with severe burns. Law enforcement and eye witnesses said they believed he poured gasoline on himself before lighting himself on fire.
A police statement on the incident read: “It is now apparent that he set himself on fire.”
The New Jersey native was air lifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and listed in critical condition. He was later declared dead as a result of his burns.
Through a statement read by attorney Jeffrey Cox, the family said that Constantino’s death “was not a political act or statement, but the result of his long battle with mental illness.”
While an investigation into the background of Constantino show that he owned a home in Mount Laurel, calls to the phone number listed weren’t returned. Right now the investigation is ongoing and motives–if anything instigated the act–are being explored.
Metropolitan Police ask that anyone with information contact them at 202-727-9099 or leave an anonymous text to 50411.