Holocaust museum guard in shooting ID'd

June 12, 2009 at 12:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Harry Weeks was one of two security guards who shot at alleged gunman James W. von Brunn at Washington's Holocaust museum, law enforcement sources say.

The unidentified sources said Weeks, a retired District of Columbia police officer from Charles County, Md., was one of the guards who sprang into action to stop von Brunn's alleged shooting spree this week, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The identity of the second guard who fired at von Brunn in the incident at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has not been released.

The museum officially reopened Friday after being closed Thursday to honor fallen security guard Stephen T. Johns.

"I think it's important to come back because if you don't, they win," museum visitor Tammi Miller, 17, said of the facility's reopening following Wednesday's incident. "It's a form of terrorism."

Officials allege von Brunn shot Johns, 39, in the chest before the gunman was critically injured and taken to George Washington Hospital. The 88-year-old white supremacist is charged with murder.

Von Brunn was imprisoned for more than six years after being arrested at the Federal Reserve Bank with several weapons in 1981. In that incident, he said he planned to take members of the Federal Reserve board hostage.

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