As most folks know by now eighty eight year old James Wenneker von Brunn, a well known white supremacist, murdered 39 year old Stephen T. Johns, a special police officer at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
James Von Brunn has a long history of hate offline and on the internet. His hate was geared specifically towards Jews and African Americans.
Stephen Johns, seeing an elderly man approaching the museum, was kind enough to open the door for von Brunn but lost his life in the process. Von Brunn pulled out a rifle and shot Stephen Johns in the chest. He later died at George Washington University Hospital. After von Brunn shot Mr. Johns two officers immediately returned gunfire shooting von Brunn in the face.
At a Monument of Sorrow, A Burst of Deadly Violence
Guard Killed, Suspect Injured Amid Scene Of Fear, Chaos
By Michael E. Ruane, Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 11, 2009
At 12:40 p.m. yesterday a man stepped through the doors of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He took two paces, lowered his rifle at a security guard and, before anyone could react, opened fire in a popular national landmark.
The guard, who did not have time to draw his gun, fell bleeding and fatally wounded to the polished floor. Other guards fired back, cutting down the assailant. Terrified patrons, many of them children, dived for safety. And what moments before had been a bright weekday in June became a tableau of violence.
As described by bystanders and authorities, the attack inside the famed Holocaust museum turned the crowded building and Washington’s nearby tourist-thronged Mall into a scene of fear and chaos, with black-clad SWAT teams, hovering helicopters and racing emergency vehicles. Stunned witnesses described a fusillade of gunfire — five shots or more — the blood-streaked floor and the screams of frightened visitors inside the museum and on the street.
“It’s like a scene from a movie,” said Edward Bhopa, 54.
“A horror movie,” added his son Andy, 28.
The suspect, identified by law enforcement sources as James W. von Brunn, 88, of Annapolis, was said to be a longtime, “hard-core” supremacist whose Internet writings contain extensive, poisonous ravings against Jews and African Americans.
The slain guard, Stephen T. Johns, 39, of Temple Hills, worked for the Wackenhut security company and had been employed at the museum for six years, the museum said.
Officials at George Washington University Hospital, where von Brunn, Johns and an unidentified victim with less serious injuries were taken, said Johns suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died there. Von Brunn was shot in the face, and the bullet exited his neck, according to a high-ranking police source. He underwent surgery and was in critical condition last night.
The Washington Post has several articles about von Brunn: