A gunman known as a white supremacist shot and killed a black private security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington today before being shot and wounded by guards, the Washington Post reports. The Associated Press said the suspect served six years in prison for attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board.
The guard was Stephen Johns, 39. The gunman was identified as James W. von Brunn, 88. 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, and then became “an artist and author” in Maryland.