Kwame Holman reports on the National Holocaust Museum's reopening following Wednesday's fatal shooting of a security guard by white supremacist James W. von Brunn and provides an update on what authorities have learned about the shooter.
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The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., was open for visitors today. And they came, undeterred by the tragic shooting that happened there Wednesday. "NewsHour" correspondent Kwame Holman reports.
A makeshift memorial to slain security officer Stephen Johns grew today a short distance from the spot where he was gunned down Wednesday. Gone from Johns' post at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was the crime scene tape, the emergency vehicles, and the bullet-marked front doors. New doors — so new, the museum's name is not yet affixed — admitted visitors once again today. The building was closed yesterday to honor the 39-year old Johns, who was allegedly shot and killed by James von Brunn, an 88-year-old self- proclaimed white supremacist and anti-Semite. Museum-goer John Brown said the shooting was no reason not to come.
JOHN BROWN, Holocaust Memorial Museum visitor: Well, it certainly gives you pause, but I think, you know, we — we believe life goes on, and — and if you're — that we should support what is going on here at this museum by continuing to — to come and pay honor to what it was built for.
Von Brunn remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital with a head wound. He was shot by museum guards just inside the entrance. He has been charged by federal authorities with murder.