A person was airlifted from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after they reportedly set themselves on fire, according to a court spokesperson.

Supreme Court spokesperson Patricia McCabe said in a statement to outlets that the event took place around 6:30 p.m. Friday on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court building, after which the person was airlifted to an area hospital.

The Supreme Court Police, U.S. Capitol Police, and the D.C. police had responded to the incident. No one else was injured, and there was no threat to public safety, McCabe told outlets.

“The area remains closed for further investigation, but this is not a public safety issue,” she said in a statement.

The Capitol Police announced on Twitter around 6:40 p.m., “A medical helicopter just landed near the Capitol for a medical emergency. This is not a public safety issue.”

The Capitol is located across the street from the Supreme Court.

The incident comes after a shooting in Washington, D.C., where multiple people were hit. Police has not arrested a suspect but has identified a person of interest linked to the shooting.


Gabrielle Stephenson is a reporter covering world news. She is currently based in Australia.

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