An elderly gunman opened fire inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, wounding a security guard before two other guards returned fire. The assailant and his victim were both hospitalized.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known, U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser said.
Nor did authorities immediately provide the name or any other biographical information about the assailant, who they said used a “long gun” in the shooting.
He’s an activist racist and anti-semite named James Von Brunn.
The episode unfolded inside the museum, which maintains a heavy security presence, with guards positioned inside and out. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance, and bags are screened.
It was not immediately known whether the gunman made it through the detectors before opening fire.
The museum, across the street from the National Mall, and within sight of the Washington Monument, was closed for the day after the shooting. Nearby streets were cordoned off by police.
In a statement, museum spokesman Andrew Hollinger said an assailant shot a museum security officer and “two museum security officers returned fire, hitting the assailant.”
This nutball gun thug believes in a “Negro and Jewish conspiracy” for every occasion.
Sad news to report. The security guard who confronted this Nazi at the entrance – has died in hospital.