Holocaust Museum Shooting in Washington, DC: Security Guard Dies
Reports indicate that two people have been shot inside the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
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DC Fire Department have confirmed that 3 adult males were injured — 2 victims were transported to George Washington University Hospital with gun shot wounds.
The third male was treated and released after being injured by broken glass.
There is alleged to have been one shooter in the incident, 88-year-old James Wenneker von Brunn.
The two men injured and transported to hospital after the shooting were a museum security guard and the gunman.
The 39-year-old security guard, Stephen Tyrone Johns, who was injured in the shooting, has died.
Brunn is reportedly in serious condition.
Five shots in total were said to have been made by the gunman and several security guards.
The museum has been closed and evacuated while police investigate the incident.
In honor of Officer Stephen Johns, the Museum will be closed tomorrow, June 11, and our flags flown at half mast in his memory.
The shooting occurred at approximately 12:50pm EDT on Wednesday.
This is a developing story. NowPublic will be updating it as new information is available.
At least 2 injured and one dead in Holocaust Museum shooting in Washington, D.C. Witnesses reported at least 5 shots fired
During a press briefing, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said that a gunman walked into the museum and opened fire at a security guard. He was said to have carried a "long gun" but it was unclear whether he was using a rifle or a shotgun. Immediately when the gunman opened fire, one or two other security guards returned fire at the gunman.
Both the gunman as well as the security guard are believed to be in serious condition and, according to media reports, a third person was also injured from flying glass. Officials were not immediately able to confirm the reports of a third injury. The gunman and security guard have both been transferred to George Washington University Hospital.
The museum has been evacuated and it is unclear when it may re-open. Meanwhile, the Consulate General of Israel in New York City called the reported shooting "disturbing" and said it seemed "someone didn't internalize the message."
CNN has confirmed that the suspected shooter is 88-year-old James W. von Brunn, an alleged "white supremacist".
See additional NowPublic coverage on James Wenneker von Brunn, the shooter at the Holocaust Museum
James W. von Brunn holds a BachSci Journalism degree from a mid-Western university where he was president of SAE and played varsity football.
During WWII he served as PT-Boat captain, Lt. USNR, receiving a Commendation and four battle stars. For twenty years he was an advertising executive and film-producer in New York City. He is a member of Mensa, the high-IQ society.
In 1981 Von Brunn attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest. He was tried in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court; convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge. A Jew/Negro/White Court of Appeals denied his appeal. He served 6.5 years in federal prison. (Read about von Brunn's "Federal Reserve Caper" HERE.) He is now an artist and author and lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
For more background on the location of the shooting, see US Holocaust Museum: Preventing & Attracting Hate
The Holocaust Museum, which has been evacuated and closed, will remain closed on Thursday in honor of Johns' death.
"A shooting incident occurred at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's 14th St. entrance," said Jackie Berkowitz, who is a spokeswoman for the museum. Berkowitz confirmed that a gunman shot a Museum security guard and that two other security officers returned fire.
"The Museum is closed for the remainder of the day and...[o]ur thoughts and prayers go out to the officer and his family."
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