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Holocaust museum: security training stopped attack

James Von Brunn, identified as the gunman James Von Brunn, identified as the gunman
39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was shot and killed 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was shot and killed
WASHINGTON. - The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says the museum's security training helped save lives when guards quickly shot an elderly gunman who opened fire with a rifle.

Sara Bloomfield also paid tribute to a guard who was killed in the Wednesday attack. She told NBC's "Today" show Thursday that 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was both a terrific professional and a warm, jovial person.

Authorities say the gunman who was critically injured was 88-year-old James W. von Brunn. They say he was a white supremacist with a virulent anti-Semitic past.

Brunn once lived in Hayden, Idaho during 2004 and 2005. For years, Hayden was home to the Aryan Nations, a racist group.

An acquaintance says Brunn arrived in North Idaho several years ago eager to meet others with an anti-government agenda.

Hayden, Idaho, resident Stan Hess tells The Spokesman-Review that James von Brunn seemed obsessed with violence, bitter over a stay in federal prison and fixated on guns.

Von Brunn stayed at Hess' home for a few days in late 2004 or early 2005 before Hess says he suggested the man move out. Hess said Wednesday that Von Brunn's frequent talk of violence and guns pushed the two to a shouting match.

Bloomfield told the "Today" show that the Holocaust museum takes security very seriously and training for its guards had paid off because two guards stopped the attacker and no visitors were hurt.

Gunman to be charged with murder

District of Columbia officials say Brunn will be charged with murder in connection with the deadly shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum.

Federal authorities says they are convinced that von Brunn was responsible for the slaying of security guard Stephen T. Johns.

Joseph Persichini, assistant director of the District FBI field office, said authorities at this point have no information indicating that von Brunn had any assistants or accomplices.

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