Emergency Personnel Respond to Shooting Near Lincoln Memorial

Emergency Personnel Respond to Shooting Near Lincoln Memorial

(TargetLiberty.org) – First responders were called to the National Mall on Monday, after a man shot himself in the head close to the Lincoln Memorial. Cops say they’re investigating it as an apparent suicide.

Around 7:25 p.m. on November 8, Park Police in Washington, DC received multiple reports of gunshots near the Lincoln Memorial. When police responded, they found a man suffering from a wound to the head, lying on the steps that lead to the Reflecting Pool. Paramedics and a rescue helicopter MEDEVACed him to Washington Hospital Center, but he died there early Tuesday. The area around the pool was closed for several hours while cops investigated; a gun was found at the scene.

Police have identified the man as 31-year-old Kenneth Santiago, a member of the US Air Force. He’s believed to have been depressed following a breakup. Hours before shooting himself, Santiago posted a long note to Facebook that revealed he was planning suicide. He wrote, “for a long time (years) I’ve known I would take my own life.”

Santiago closed out his note by asking the Air Force to have him buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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