Holocaust Museum shooter had lawmaker's address

U.S. Capitol Police have notified a member of Congress whose office address was in the possession of the man charged with murdering a security guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer said that there was no current threat to the lawmaker, whom he declined to name, but that Capitol Police Chief Phillip Morse was staying apprised of reports from federal and local law enforcement for possible developments in the case.


The alleged shooter, James von Brunn, 88, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday for Wednesday’s killing of Stephen Tyrone Johns, a 39-year-old security guard.

“This case is still under investigation,” Gainer said. “And while [von Brunn] did have a member’s office address, there was no threat indication. Chief Morse and his team are monitoring the intelligence gathered from the investigation and assisting as necessary.”

In a notepad officials found in von Brunn’s car, von Brunn wrote that President Obama was “created by Jews” and stated his concern that he would have his weapons taken away, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The complaint, quoting von Brunn’s notebook, said, “You want my weapons — this is how you'll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do.”

Joseph Persichini, a representative of the FBI in Washington, said the agency is investigating von Brunn’s motives and was aware of his writings. He said the FBI had no open investigation on von Brunn before Wednesday’s shooting.

In a press conference on Thursday, Persichini also said that it appears von Brunn acted alone.

“We have no information that Mr. von Brunn had any accomplices or conspirators to assist him in this act,” Persichini said.