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Two people shot at U.S. Holocaust Museum: police

From Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two people were shot at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Wednesday, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 1 p.m. and the victims were taken to area hospitals, police officer Israel James said.

Sergeant David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said a gunman entered the museum and fired, and security guards returned fire. He said he believed one of the security guards was shot.

The FBI said it had dispatched its National Capital Response Squad, which deals with such emergencies in the Washington area, to the site. Television pictures showed a heavy police presence outside the museum.

Stephanie Geraghty, 28, who had been visiting the museum, said the shooter appeared to be a white male carrying a silver gun.

“I heard the first shot, it sounded like something had been dropped from the upper stories down,” she told Reuters. “The next two came really fast — bam bam. At that point everyone took off, chaos, running.”

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria, Christopher Doering and Mari Saito; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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