An elderly man walked into the Holocaust Museum, one of the capital’s most-visited sites, shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday and opened fire with a shoulder weapon or pistol, wounding a security guard before being shot himself, officials said.
The gunman was identified by several news agencies as James W. von Brunn, a man in his late 80s. According to a Web site maintained by Mr. von Brunn, he embraces a far-reaching conspiracy theory involving Jews, blacks and other minority groups. Early reports indicated that he lives in eastern Maryland.
However, the Washington police chief, Cathy Lanier, said the identity of the gunman had not been confirmed.
The haters have been primed by the Tea Partiers, the Rethugnicans, and mostly by the far right wing media. And now they're going off.
ADDED: This looks pretty damned prescient now, doesn't it?
UPDATE: The guard has died.
REACTION: Does this sound familiar? What are white supremacists saying?