A shooting at the US Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. has left one man dead and the gunman, James Von Brunn, remains in the hospital after he was shot by two security officers.
Von Brunn's neighbors describes him as "weird and grumpy." Shortly after hearing about this mornings shooting the people running the Holocaust Museum here in Houston wasted no time securing the facility.
Within an hour, Ira Perry said, HPD officers were at the Holocaust Museum Houston, just in case. "We will be adding we will be adding extra security I can't go into great detail, but we are looking into everything," said Perry.
Washington police said, 88 year old Von Brunn, a known white supremist, started firing his rifle within seconds of entering the building - apparently becoming enraged at the security guards.
They said the museum was crowded with school kids and other tourists. They all made it out ok, but a security guard, a 6-year veteran, was hit and he died at the hospital. "We have seen over the past few years distinct rise in the level of semitism in this country a rise in the number of people who deny the holocaust ever existed," Perry said.
While you can never be completely prepared for an attack like this, Perry said they are as ready as they can be. "We've trained our staff, gone over it with them they know what to do in an event like this," he said.
Perry said the museum will remain open. He said this is the very reason the museum is in existance, to educate the public about the dangers of hatred and prejudice.
Security at the Houston Holocaust Museum
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