A gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., wounding a security guard before other officers returned fire.
Fox News reports that gunman has been identified as 88 year old James Von Brunn:
The gunman has been identified as James Von Brunn, FOX News has learned, a man with apparent links to the white supremacist movement. A Web site believed to be his personal blog carries several anti-Semitic statements — the site says he was a World War II veteran and also served time in federal prison for trying to make a “citizens arrest” of Federal Reserve Board members in 1981.
David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said two people were shot Wednesday — the security guard and the gunman. Both were transferred to a local hospital, he said.
Schlosser said the gunman entered the museum shortly before 1 p.m. ET carrying a “long gun,” but that it’s unclear whether he was carrying a rifle or a shotgun. He shot one security guard, Schlosser said, and then two other security guards returned fire, wounding the shooter.
There were conflicting reports about how many people were wounded. Another law enforcement official earlier said three people were shot, though there are no fatalities.
“The scene is secure,” the source said.
Police and other law enforcement, including the FBI’s Terrorism Task Force, have surrounded the museum site.
Update (6:49 p.m.): James Von Brunn has died of his wounds. My heart goes out Officer Johns friends, family and colleagues… You are in my thoughts and prayers.
The AP has more on the suspect’s “history of seething anger“.
- White supremacist James W Von Brunn opens fire at Holocaust museum – Times Online
- Man Opens Fire at D.C.’s Holocaust Museum – Wall Street Journal