- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be closed Thursday in tribute to the museum guard who was shot and killed by a gunman.

Holocaust Museum director Sara Bloomfield says that flags at the museum have been lowered to half-staff in honor of slain guard Stephen T. Johns.

Johns was shot when a man carrying a .22-caliber rifle entered the museum and opened fire.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 88-year-old James von Brunn (vahn BRUHN’), was critically wounded by another guard. Authorities say von Brunn is a white supremacist and anti-Semite.

Officials at the Holocaust Museum say they will review their security procedures but believe their guards are well-trained and acted heroically to the shooting.

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