Incident Summary:

06/10/2009: On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1240, in Washington, District of Columbia., United States, an assailant armed with a rifle entered the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and fired upon civilians, killing one security guard, Stephen Tyrone, and injuring an unknown number of civilians. The shooter was wounded critically in the attack and identified as white supremacist, James W. von Brunn. Officials believe the attack may have been politically motivated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The attackers indictment on July 30th included murder, illegal use of a firearm and committing a bias-related crime he was unable to attend his proceedings due to his fragile medical condition.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description The civilians inside The National Holocaust Museum
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A rifle was used in the attack,
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Fox News,"Gunman Opens Fire Inside Holocaust Museum, Kills Security Guard," Fox News, June 10, 2009.
The Washington Post, "Holocaust Museum Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder, White Supremecist Was Injured After Attack, Remains in Critical Condition," (June 11, 2009).
Press TV, "White Supremacist Indicted for Museum Shooting,"§ionid=3510203 (July 30, 2009).