Three Killed by Lightning Strike Outside White House

District of Columbia Police have confirmed three people have died after being struck by lightning Thursday evening near the White House. A fourth person was injured in the event.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, were identified on Saturday as two of those killed. The couple from Janesville, Wisconsin, was standing in Lafayette Park directly outside the security perimeter surrounding the White House when they were struck.

The couple who were high school sweethearts were in the nation’s capital celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary.

The third victim who died from the strike was identified on Friday as Brooks A. Lambertson, 29, of Los Angeles. D.C. Police confirm that Lambertson was not related to the Muellers.

Lambertson worked for City National Bank, which confirmed that he was visiting Washington on business for the bank. The bank described him as “an incredible young man who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, and unwavering positivity.”

The fourth victim has not yet been identified by authorities and reportedly remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The lightning strike was reportedly first witnessed by officers with the U.S. Park Police and agents with the Secret Service. They immediately notified D.C. Fire and EMS dispatchers and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo indicated that their dispatch office received the first call regarding the strike at 6:52 p.m. D.C. Police officers were notified one minute earlier. Officers reported finding two men and two women unconscious on the scene upon arrival.

The Park Police officers and Secret Service agents administered CPR and AED to the victims while waiting for EMS to arrive.

Maggiolo expressed his department’s thanks to the agents and officers on the scene who witnessed the strike and “immediately began to render aid to the four victims.” He added that the initial first aid response is “very critical in helping with survivability.”

CBS News White House correspondent Nancy Cordes was at the White House at the time of the lightning strike. She said that it was so close that it made her and her producer jump in fright. They shut down their remote operation and took cover immediately.