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Museum shooting suspect still in hospital

June 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The elderly man accused of killing a guard at the holocaust museum in Washington remained in critical-but-stable condition Monday, prosecutors said.

White supremacist James W. von Brunn, 88, was charged with using a rifle to shoot guard Stephen Johns in the chest last Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 14th Street entrance. Von Brunn was struck in the face when two other guards returned fire. The Washington Post said he was being treated at George Washington University Hospital.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Waid and von Brunn's attorney A.J. Kramer declined to comment further on the suspect's condition, the Post said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola said von Brunn did not appear to be healthy enough for an arraignment for at least another week, but set a new hearing on the case for Monday, the newspaper reported.

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