It is precisely for people like alleged gunman James von Brunn that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exists, says a local Holocaust survivor who was at the museum on Wednesday.
More details are emerging about 88-year-old James W. Von Brunn, who allegedly opened fire Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. wounding a security guard before being shot in return fire. Brunn is a well-known figure in the White Supremacist world who has long been on the radar of organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, according to a statement from ADL.
Within minutes of the shooting at the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Police Department contacted the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, regarding its Museum of Tolerance, as well as other L.A. community organizations, according to Wiesenthal Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper.