Around 12:50 EST, shots were fired outside the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., reportedly wounding two people.
Law enforcement officials have named known white supremacist and Neo-Nazi James von Brunn, 88, as the gunman.
U.S. Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser spoke to reporters. Schlosser indicated that von Brunn, armed with a “long gun,” entered the museum and began firing on a security guard. Schlosser states:
“My understanding is that two other security officers at the museum returned gunfire at the man that had entered the museum.”
Both the shooter and the security guard were transpoted to George Washington University Hospital.
The Holocaust Museum, which sees 1.7 million visitors per year, generally has very strict security. It is unknown whether the shooter passed through metal detectors before he opened fire.
President Obama was briefly updated on the situation and is said to be “saddened” over the incident.
Update: Information is scarce, but it is being reported that wounded Holocaust Museum guard Stephen Tyrone Johns has died of his injuries following the shooting.