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June 10th, 2009
08:13 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Holocaust Museum Shooting

Police cars mass outside the Holocaust Museum in Washington after a shooting there on Wednesday.

Police cars mass outside the Holocaust Museum in Washington after a shooting there on Wednesday.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a play about Ann Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of hate, was going to be read. That event is on hold because of a new suspected hate killing.

Police say 88-year-old James von Brunn opened fire in the museum lobby killing a security guard. Other guards fired back and von Brunn is hospitalized tonight in critical condition.

Von Brunn has a history of hate. Tonight we have chilling details on his past. What makes him tick and insight on his criminal past.

We also have an exclusive 360° interview with a man who said he was a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq. He also claimed he was at the Pentagon on 9/11. Turns out it was all lies. Why did he do it? He'll explain.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.

See you soon!


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Isabel, Brazil

    Good morning, Maureen!

    Who would suspect that an elderly man would fire.
    Another example that the arms trade must take greater control and accuracy.

    June 11, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  2. Anthony'BEAR'THomas

    TODAY MY HEART HAS LOST A BEAT.STEVE WAS A REAL GOOD FRIEND.KNOWING HIM FOR ALMOST 17 YEARS,WE WHEN TO SCHOOL TOGETHER AT KEYSTONE JOB CORP.I REMEMBER THIS 6'8" GIANT WITH A SOFT VOICE,BUT FOUND THAT HIS HEART WAS BIG. I WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS

    June 11, 2009 at 5:50 am |
  3. Barry, Cincinnati

    With any luck von Brunn will spend the rest of his natural life in prison and the guards – the folks who will control his every waking moment – will all be African Americans and Jews.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:23 am |
  4. Jodster

    The only conclusion that I can come up with; is that he's not comfortable being himself. Inspiration, I think not. Someone's paying him. I wonder who?

    June 11, 2009 at 2:32 am |
  5. Betty

    I feel that we should give more attention to the guard and the sacrifice he made rather the the shooter. How about delving into the kind of person the guard was, his background and accomplishments. Why give the shooter the attention he wants?

    June 11, 2009 at 2:16 am |
  6. Pablo P

    How does America tolerate this man speaking about so much hate. He has a website, books, and openly discriminates against American principles. How is it that America's most vocal communicators don't speak out against him, but crucify people like Jeremiah Wright, and all who ever knew him. Let's get our act together and stop discriminating against the worst of the worst and just call out wrong when it's wrong.

    June 11, 2009 at 1:13 am |
  7. sam lewis

    an 88 year old man did what? and was fired upon by who? are you serious?

    June 11, 2009 at 12:59 am |
  8. Michael C. McHugh

    I've seen fascism and Nazism make a comeback in my lifetime, under new guises, but still recognizably the same type of animal as the mass movements of the 1920s and 1930s. At that time, too, the very difficult economic conditions were a godsend to these types of organizations, and so it is today–and by no means only in the U.S.. If we have another shock that really leads to an economic collapse, it is guaranteed that all kinds of very unpleasant things will come out of the poilitical woodwork.

    June 11, 2009 at 12:58 am |
  9. kirit

    subj: shooting in DC

    Questions come to mind

    1. did he have cell phone?
    2. who did he talk to in last 1 week??
    missed calls,calls going out, calls coming in
    3. credit cards usage, what did he purchase and where from
    those places most likely have camera and some body may
    have talked to him.
    4. did he attend church regularly?? anybody at church know him ??
    5. his demeanor of last 1 week most likely would revel how he snapped–

    /

    June 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  10. Oscar B

    In the same breath we bemoan the deaths of the Holocaust Museum Guard and the doctor who performed third term abortions, but not the deaths of the viable infants who were killed in the name of "choice," or the execution of murderers not able to afford high profile lawyers. So the recent killings should not really shock us if we don't value the life of every human being.

    June 10, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  11. Juan Noboa

    When ignorance is fuel by fear, it produces hate and violence. We as a changing society: interns of race and demographic will encounter these kinds of treats. Change is inevitable, a multi-race family it will become a reality in the US.

    June 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm |
  12. Carl

    Since von Brunn was a convicted criminal and he was known to law enforcement, how was he able to get a gun?

    June 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  13. Annie

    Hey, Anderson I love how you just lay it right out there with that imposter I wonder why his family would allow him to do such a horrible thing I'm sure there had to be people who know him & think what the heck is talking about.

    June 10, 2009 at 11:17 pm |

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