June 11, 2009

Ill. Holocaust Museum: Safety a priority

The executive director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center said he was shocked and saddened by Wednesday's museum shooting in Washington.

An elderly suspected white supremacist opened fire in the foyer of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, blocks from the Washington Monument, killing a security guard. The 88-year-old alleged gunman was critically injured after an exchange of gunfire with guards.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic shooting earlier today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Richard Hirschhaut said in a statement Wednesday.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the security guard killed in this senseless attack.

The constant safety of Museum patrons is always the top priority of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Hirschhaut added. To ensure the safety of all our visitors, the Museum was built with a state-of-the-art security system, which was developed in consultation with experts in the security field and with the support of the United States Department of Homeland Security. In response to this tragedy, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is working closely with the Skokie Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure a heightened level of security in and around the facility."