June 15, 2009 in Nation/World

Son of suspect says museum shooting unforgivable

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WASHINGTON — The son of a white supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says the shooting was unforgivable.

Erik von Brunn said he and his father James didn’t like each other. Erik also told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday that he wished his father had died rather than security guard Stephen T. Johns.

A federal judge is expected to hear a report on James von Brunn’s health at a hearing later Monday in Washington.

Authorities say von Brunn - who briefly lived in North Idaho - was shot in the face when other museum guards returned fire. He remains hospitalized, and FBI officials have said he is likely to survive.

James van Brunn is charged with first-degree murder. An FBI spokeswoman says the court has appointed a federal public defender to represent him.


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