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Accused Holocaust museum gunman dies in US hospital

AP , WASHINGTON

The 89-year-old white supremacist charged in a deadly shooting at Washington’s Holocaust museum died on Wednesday in North Carolina, where he’d been held while awaiting trial, authorities said.

James von Brunn died at a hospital in Butner, North Carolina, said Denise Simmons, the spokeswoman for the federal prison where von Brunn had been held.

He had been suffering from chronic congestive heart failure, sepsis and other health problems, she said.

Von Brunn, who faced charges that carried the death penalty, had been receiving medical care for months at the prison complex in Butner, which is known for its medical facilities for aging and sick federal inmates.

His lawyer, A.J. Kramer, called the death “a sad end to a tragic situation” and declined to make further comment.

Authorities say von Brunn carried a rifle as he walked up to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10 and then shot security guard Stephen Johns, who was black, as he opened the door for von Brunn.

Von Brunn was wounded by gunfire from two other guards.

Officials at the prison hospital had previously said chronic medical problems had complicated a psychiatric evaluation for the suspect, who prior to the shooting had written racist and anti-Semitic screeds on the Internet.

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