I’m at home; if commenters want to talk about it feel free to post links in the comments here, I’ll update with news stories as they come in
13:24: From Tumblr, a contributor reports her mom says “some crazy fuck came in and started shooting people in the lobby.”
13:25: Confirmed by CBS.
13:27: Seattle Post Intelligencer saying two or three people shot, and it seems they include the shooter.
13:32: A security guard was shot when a man with a rifle walked into the building. A second security guard allegedly caught the shooter, per the Post Chronicle.
Well, at least it seems the guy has already been apprehended. But is anyone else getting that sick stomach feeling from all of this violence directed at marginalized groups in the U.S.? First Dr. Tiller, now this. It’s starting to feel like that backlash everyone expected after the election is beginning. More after the jump.
13:39: God I hate journalists sometimes. This woman tweeted she was being evacuated, and here is CNN:
14:12: Have heard on MSNBC – the shooter is believed to be an elderly white supremacist.
14:50: D.C. police chief confirms in a press conference that they believe it was a lone gunman and they are beginning to open up traffic around the museum. One guard is in grave condition, and the shooter is in the hospital as well. These are the only two victims they are describing. MSNBC says the shooter is 89-year-old James de Brun, who has allegedly spent prior time in prison on charges of having walked into the Federal Reserve threatening people with a gun over interest rates. He sounds like a reasonable old gentleman.
I’m going to sign off this post now, but will have some more thoughts on violence and fear later.