Police: At Least 2 Shot Inside D.C. Holocaust Museum Associated Press Associated Press Writer
11:42 AM MDT, June 10, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - At least two people were shot Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, authorities said. D.C. police spokeswoman Traci Hughes said a person walked into the museum at about 1 p.m. with a rifle and shot a guard. Hughes says the shooter was also shot.
Hughes said the victims' conditions were not known. Both were being rushed to a hospital.
U.S. Park Police gave slightly different information, saying three people had been shot. Fire department spokesman Alan Etter told CNN a third person was hurt after being cut by broken glass.
The museum normally has a heavy security presence with guards positioned both inside and outside. 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.
There are also unconfirmed reports that one person has a gunshot wound to the head.
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Doesn't the perp know it is illegal to carry a gun into a National Park?