- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

President Obama responded Wednesday night to the fatal shooting of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting,” the president said. “This outrageous act reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms. No American institution is more important to this effort than the Holocaust Museum, and no act of violence will diminish our determination to honor those who were lost by building a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Today, we have lost a courageous security guard who stood watch at this place of solemn remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this painful time,” the president said.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. in the museum lobby.

The security guard has been identified as Stephen Tyron Johns, 39, of Temple Hills, Md.

The suspected shooter has been identified as James W. von Brunn, 88, of Annapolis. He is in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

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