(PatriotWise.com)- The “climate activist” who decided to stage an “Earth Day” protest outside of the Supreme Court by setting himself on fire Friday died on Saturday in a Washington DC hospital.
The incident occurred Friday evening around 6:30 pm when Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado set himself ablaze on the plaza in front of the US Supreme Court building.
DC Metropolitan Police and US Capitol Police responded to the incident and Bruce was airlifted to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
No one else was injured in the incident, but the area around the Court was closed for further investigation. By Saturday, the Supreme Court plaza was reopened.
According to the New York Post, a Facebook page belonging to someone named Wynn Alan Bruce identifies the man as a Buddhist and a climate activist.
On Friday, this man posted a comment on Facebook that read “411 🔥 4/22/2022.”
According to the Post, a Buddhist priest from Boulder, Colorado confirmed on Twitter that Wynn Bruce was a friend. In a tweet after his death, Dr. K. Kritee said Bruce did not commit suicide. Instead, she described his self-immolation as “a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.”
Dr. Kritee also claimed that Wynn Bruce had been planning this deadly protest for at least a year.
This isn’t the first time someone self-immolated in Washington, DC.
In 2019, Bethesda resident Arnav Gupta set himself on fire in front of the White House. He died a short time later.
The same day Wynn Bruce set himself on fire at the Supreme Court, four people were shot and injured when a gunman opened fire in a residential area of Northwest DC, forcing residents to shelter in place and schools to lockdown.
The gunman was later found dead by his own hand.