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Holocaust Museum shooter once lived in Hayden

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Security guard Stephen Johns Security guard Stephen Johns

WASHINGTON. - A brief gun battle erupted Wednesday inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum alongside Washington's National Mall leaving a security guard dead and the gunman in critical condition.

The guard that was shot and killed has been identified as Stephen Johns, a six-year veteran of the facility.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect was 89-year-old James von Brunn, a Maryland resident with links to anti-government, white supremacist groups. He served time in federal prison in the 1980s after a jury convicted him of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board.

The FBI office in Salt Lake City says Brunn lived in Hayden, Idaho during 2004 and 2005.

For years, Hayden was home to the Aryan Nations, a racist group.

Within minutes of the shooting, the museum area was surrounded by police and draped in yellow crime scene tape.

"It appears a lone gunman entered the museum and opened fire with what appears to be a rifle at this point," said Washington DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier.

"Never take your guard forces or security people for granted. These folks are trained. They're trained all the time. They did exactly what they were supposed to do to protect people at the museum," Museum Director William Parsons said after the shooting.

Officials said they decided to close the museum Thursday in honor of Officer Johns.

Police, meanwhile, said they expect an extended investigation. 
 

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