Most people just want to remember James von Brunn as the crazy old Nazi supporter who was the shooter of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, but how many remember this? Would the United States applaud him for his actions in 1981?
Aired June 10, 2009 - 15:59 ET
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WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: We're not going away from the breaking news here in THE SITUATION ROOM.
A Museum that chronicles past violence is now the scene of violence right here in the nation's capital. Officials say a lone gunman walked into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall and opened fire with what's being described as a long gun.
A security guard, a private security guard, was shot, and we have now been told by our local affiliate WJLA that that security guard has died. Officials say other guards shot and then wounded the gunman.
All of this is unfolding dramatically here on this day.
Sources tell CNN the suspect is an 88-year-old white supremacist, a racist and anti-Semite named James von Brunn. The shooting happened only hours before the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder, and many other VIPs were supposed to attend a play at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Let's go straight to CNN's senior White House correspondent, Ed Henry. He's on the scene.