Guard killed, gunman wounded in Holocaust Museum

WASHINGTON (AP) - An exchange of gunfire at a popular Washington D.C. museum has left a guard dead and a suspect hospitalized.

Authorities say an elderly gunman opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, fatally wounding a security guard.

The gunman was also shot, and is said to be in critical condition. City Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gunman appeared to have acted alone.

She says he began shooting as he entered the building and was "engaged by security guards immediately after entering the door."

A museum official said a couple of thousand people were inside the facility when the shooting broke out.