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Security Guard Is Killed in Shooting at Holocaust Museum in D.C.

WASHINGTON — An 88-year-old white supremacist with a rifle walked into the Holocaust Museum, one of the capital’s most-visited sites, on Wednesday afternoon and began shooting, fatally wounding a security guard and sending tourists scrambling before he himself was shot, the authorities said.

The gunman was identified by law enforcement officials as James W. von Brunn, who embraces various conspiracy theories involving Jews, blacks and other minority groups and has at times waged a personal war with the federal government.

The exchange of gunfire in the entrance area of the museum, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m., sent a group of teenagers from Massachusetts, in Washington on a school trip, scurrying to safety.

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