Security Guard Killed At Holocaust Museum

An elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, killing a security guard before being shot. The gunman is said to be in critical condition.

City Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gunman appeared to have acted alone. She says he began shooting as he entered the building and was "engaged by security guards immediately after entering the door."

A law enforcement official says the suspect in the shooting is a white supremacist named James Von Brunn.

Von Brunn maintains a racist, anti-Semitic Web site. The site says he was in the U.S. Navy Reserves during World War II. He also wrote a book called Kill the Best Gentile.

An FBI official says the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Von Brunn was convicted in 1983 of trying to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board. He had been arrested outside the room where the Fed Board was meeting, carrying a revolver, knife and sawed-off shotgun.

At the time, police said Von Brunn wanted to take the members hostage because of high interest rates and the nation's economic difficulties.

A museum official said a couple of thousand people were inside the facility when the shooting broke out.

The building normally has a heavy security presence, with guards positioned both inside and outside the museum. All visitors have to pass through metal detectors, and bags are screened.

The popular tourist attraction near the National Mall draws about 1.7 million visitors a year.


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  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Jun 11, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    Lavon, you have usually had some very good posts, but your one on this article is wrong. Not all hate groups are right wing. Bill Ayers and his weather underground are left wing, and if you look at the MSN homepage there is a report on it from today that has Reverend Wright talking bad about the jews. I am pretty sure that he is a left winger also. Not all hate comes from the right.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    Everything about this is the result of the left wing Libs and they are screaming as loud as they can it is the right wings fault. You had a guy with a gun, in a City that restricts guns, in a building that bans guns. The Libs in DC made these potential victims defenseless. You had a guy who hates Jews. Last time I checked it is the right wing that is Israel's biggest supporters. It is Obama who has recently sided with Hamas, the Palestinians and Iran AGAINST the Jews and Israel. It is Obama's minister, "Rev" Wright who recently had anti-Jew remarks. Von Brun is against multi national corporations and against the Iraq war. These are also left wing stances.
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    So because he was anti-Semitic and racist, that automatically means he's right wing? I've met PLENTY of left wing people in my life who are racist. People need to take responsibility for their own actions. I pray for the guard's family. May he rest in peace.
  • by Taylor Location: NC on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    Lavon - You sound like a full blown Marxist Communist. Next do you want the government to take away your personal property? Because they could find better use for it. Like growing Corn. Maybe the Government should just arrest you Lavon for speaking you left wing garbage? Off to the Gulag Lavon. Sorry no mail. Hate speech a Rev Write Quote Obam's Minister for 20 years or more. Just two simple quotes from the Rev. "The government gives us the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." " We (the United States of America) started the AIDS virus." Sean Hannity Rush Limbaugh are not even close to how crazy Obama's Minister is.
  • by Alex on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    Clifton: I think he started shooting as soon as he got into the door. Its just too bad the guard was killed and not him. This guy wa your classic left wing Obama, Rev. Wright Jew hater
  • by To Lavon on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    Please wake up. This guy hated blacks and Jews. Sean Hannity is a big supporter of Israel as is Rush and when do either of them encourage violence or hate against any group? Get a life
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    This is the exact reason why the Government needs to shut down or censor right wing garbage like Sean Hannity Rush Limbaugh and other radicals from the right. It's their hatespeech that fuel the flames of peoples hate like this.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:24 PM
    Another right wing radical... figures
  • by zoban1 Location: Ar on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I'm so tired of people wanting to bash Obama every time something wrong happens like people weren't stupid or did wrong before Obama took office. What does it matter if Obama publicly condemns the actions of another human being or not? We all know that the Obamas feel bad just like the rest of us common sense folks! If Obama started condemning the actions of other people all the time then you would be complaining that you don't pay him to be on TV everyday to speak on someone else's actions. That man chose to go shooting in the museum, Obama had nothing to do with it. This is not the first time "American citizens are being targeted because of their ethnicity and the White House has nothing to say about it." In case anybody thought that racism died when Obama was elected, today was a rude awakening! I hope the guards family can find peace in knowing that the whole country is behind them!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    A quote From Conservitive politics from a Jewish point of view. Where's Obama after the shooting? " I'm sure all are aware of the fact that a hate monger attacked the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. today. What you may not be aware of is the fact that President Obama has not come out to condemn publicly this attack or the attack on the Riverdale synagogues less than one month ago. This should scare everyone that American citizens are being targeted because of their ethnicity and the White House has nothing to say about it. Please contact your congressman and ask for a condemnation."
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