Gunman shoots, kills, guard at Holocaust Museum

June 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The alleged gunman's ex-wife says 88-year old James Von Brunn's hatred of blacks and Jews ate him like a cancer. That hatred ate at him ... and now police say, he acted on it.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website
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The Holocaust Museum is closed to the public. Police are pursuing this as a hate-crime investigation. 2,000 people were in the museum when the gunman entered.

Police say James Von Brunn parked his car just outside the museum, approached the main entrance and fired a rifle at security.

The bullets hit security officer Steven Tyron Johns, he died at the same hospital where Von Brunn arrived handcuffed to a gurney. Von Brunn is a Maryland man known for his online racist and anti-Semitic writings, he was convicted of brandishing a sawed off shotgun in the Federal Reserve lobby in 1981. Seventeen Jewish members of the House of Representatives went to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday night to condemn the shooting.

President Obama issued a statement, calling this act outrageous. James Van Brunn is in the Hospital in critical condition.

Stephen Johns served on the museum's security staff for six years. The Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC will be closed Wednesday and flags will be flown at half-staff in memory of johns.

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