Police: 2 Wounded in Shootout at U.S. Holocaust Museum

10Jun09

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WASHINGTON – At least two people are wounded after a shootout at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Southwest Washington Wednesday afternoon, D.C. police assistant Chief Diane Groomes told ABC 7 News.

D.C. police spokeswoman Traci Hughes says a person walked into the museum with a rifle and shot a guard. Hughes says the shooter was also shot.

Both were rushed to the hospital.

ABC 7 News reporter Kris Van Cleave reported seeing a wounded man brought into George Washington University Hospital. The man was handcuffed to the gurney. It’s unclear if that was the gunman, who Groomes said was in custody.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter told CNN that two men were shot and a third person was injured by glass. That third victim was not taken to the hospital, Etter said.

Groomes said one person was shot inside the building and one person was shot outside.

Hughes says the conditions of the people who were shot were not immediately known. Both were being rushed to a hospital.

The museum normally has a heavy security presence with guards positioned both inside and outside the museum. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance, and bags are screened.

The museum, located just off the National Mall near the Washington Monument, is a popular tourist attraction. It draws about 1.7 million visitors each year.

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