Gunman kills guard at US Holocaust Museum

The guard, Stephen Tyrone Jones, died at a local hospital after being shot with a rifle, officials said. The museum remained closed on Thursday in his honour. “There are no words to express our grief and shock over these events,” the museum said in a statement.

The gunman was in critical condition after the incident, authorities said.

A federal law enforcement official said investigators had identified James W von Brunn, 88, as the potential suspect and linked him to a website that expresses anti-government and anti-Jewish sentiments.

US President Barack Obama said he was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting.


“This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms,” Obama said, adding that his thoughts and prayers were with the family of the “courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance.”

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said the shooting was an isolated incident. “In these days and times you never know when someone is going to grab a gun and use it in an inappropriate way as was done today.”

A 28-year-old who had been visiting the museum, said the shooter appeared to be a white male carrying a silver gun.

The museum, a memorial to the six million Jews killed by Nazis in the Holocaust, is near the National Mall where many of Washington’s monuments are located.

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