An elderly man opened fire at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, in an apparent attack rooted in racism.
Authorities say lone gunman James Von Brunn entered the crowded museum around 1 p.m., and began firing "the second he stepped into the building."
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Guards returned fire hitting the 88-year-old suspect, who was taken to the hospital along with a security guard he shot. The guard later died while Von Brunn remained in critical condition.
Officials say the man is a white supremacist, has an anti-Semitic Web site and wrote a book called "Kill the Best Gentiles."
Online writings attributed to Von Brunn claim the Holocaust was a conspiracy to "destroy the white gene pool."
"At Auschwitz the 'Holocaust' myth became Reality, and Germany, cultural gem of the West, became a pariah among world nations," he said in the writings.
Von Brunn was convicted in the early 1980s for the attempted kidnapping of Federal Reserve Board members. Two years prior, he was arrested with two guns and a knife outside a meeting held by the group. Police say he wanted to hold them accountable for high interest rates and other economic problems taking place at the time.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is located just off the National Mall near the Washington Monument. It draws about 1.7 million visitors a year.