Guard shot at US Holocaust museum dies

June 11th, 2009 - 4:24 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 11 (DPA) The guard who was shot at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum here Wednesday died from his wounds, museum officials said.
The guard was identified as Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, who worked for the museum for six years. The Holocaust Museum will be closed Thursday, and flags will be flown at half-mast in Johns’ memory.

An armed man carrying a long rifle entered the museum just blocks away from the National Mall and Washington Monument before 1 p.m. (1700) GMT and immediately fired on one of the facility’s armed security guards just inside the museum’s entrance, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.

Two security guards returned fire and Johns and the gunman were wounded.

The alleged gunman was in a serious condition at a nearby hospital, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said.

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