Shooting at the Holocaust Museum

By Michelle Albert

Two people were shot and one wounded in the shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC reports. A guard and the shooter, identified as James W. von Brunn of Easton, MD, were shot and are currently at George Washington University Hospital for treatment. A third person, currently unidentified, was cut with broken glass.

Von Brunn opened fire on a security guard when he entered the museum at 12:52 p.m., effectively disabling the guard, reports the Washington Post. Before he could advance, however, at least one other guard shot him. The museum was evacuated, and authorities confirmed that the area is secure.

Von Brunn is a known white supremacist. He is probably best known for his attempt to put the Federal Reserve Board of Governors under citizen’s arrest in 1981. He currently works as an artist and an author in Easton, MD. He shills for his new book, Kill the Best Gentiles! on the white supremacist website holywesternempire.org. According to the site, his book is the “culmination of his life’s work.” Von Brunn is 88 years old.


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