COPY-Gunman shoots, kills, guard at Holocaust Museum

Associated Press - June 10, 2009 6:53 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - A white-supremacist and anti-semite is in critical condition in a Washington-area hospital after authorities say he gunned down a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

Officials say 88-year old James von Brunn (vahn BRUHN') was shot by other security officers. His car was found near the museum and tested for explosives. A .22-caliber rifle was recovered.

The dead guard has been identified a Stephen Johns, a 6-year veteran at the facility. A museum official says Johns "died heroically in the line of duty."

Von Brunn wrote a book titled "Kill the Best Gentiles," alleging a Jewish "conspiracy to destroy the white gene pool."

In 1983, he was convicted of attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve Board and served more than six years in prison.

The shooting is being investigated by federal and local law enforcement.

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