Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Holocaust Museum Terrorism

From the Washington Post:

A gunman armed with a rifle walked into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington today and fatally wounded a security guard before being shot and seriously wounded by two guards, authorities said.

The wounded security guard and the gunman were both taken to George Washington University Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Authorities later said the guard died in the hospital.

A third person sustained minor injuries in the incident, according to police.

A law enforcement source identified the gunman as James W. von Brunn, 88, who is known to authorities as a white supremacist. On a Web site he apparently maintains extolling a “Holy Western Empire,” von Brunn says he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, worked for 20 years as an advertising executive and film producer in New York and then became “an artist and author” living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Police sources said the suspect had a notebook listing other locations that law enforcement officials presumed were possible targets. One source said more than 100 locations were listed, but another source said there only nine.

“Everything is getting checked out,” a police source said. No other details on the locations were immediately available.

First, my thoughts are with the family of security guard, Stephen Tyrone Johns.

Back in April, the Department of Homeland Security caught a lot of flack from the right wing for issuing the memo that warned of “lone wolves” from both the extreme left and the right committing acts of terror just like this. With three acts of terror — Wichita, Little Rock, and now Washington — in the last three weeks, I think those who jumped all over the DHS might want to think that over.