In the summer of 2008, when he was 20, James Holmes was known as a quiet counselor at Camp Max Straus in Los Angeles County, liked by his campers.
As details have emerged about the background of the now 24-year-old suspected shooter at the midnight massacre at an Aurora, Colo. showing of a Batman sequel on July 20, an unwanted media spotlight has fallen on the 110 acre camp in the Verdugo Mountains run by Jewish Big Brothers and sisters of Los Angeles.
“I’m looking at us all over TMZ,” said one former staff member contacted by The Jewish Journal. “There’s my picture, it’s crazy.”
That’s the key phrase to remember in thinking about the attack on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial June 10 that left a security guard dead and another man wounded.
The shooter, an 88 year old white supremiscist named James W. von Brunn, entered the museum, leveled a shotgun at the two closest victims, and pulled the trigger.
Von Brunn decided to cap a long life devoted to the senseless hatred of Jews with a senseless act of violence.
White Supremacist and Holocaust denier James Von Brunn, who shot and killed a security guard in an attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today, titled his anti-Semitic manifesto “Tob Shebbe Goyim Harog – Kill the Best Gentiles.” He claimed the quote comes from Talmud Sanhedrin, 59B.
Stephen Tyrone Johns, the security guard shot at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Wednesday afternoon has died. The museum will close on Thursday in honor of Johns, an African-American who has worked at the museum for six years.
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.