SEATTLE—President Obama is calling the shooting an "outrageous act," that he says, reminds us that we all we need to be vigilant against hate crimes.
It's a deadly act that hits so close to home for those in the Jewish community in Seattle.
"We all hit the ground and definitely knew it was gun shots," says one witness.
At 1 o'clock on a warm, Wednesday afternoon, chaos erupted at the Holocaust Museum in D.C.
Former Q13 photographer Harry Higgins just happened to be sightseeing nearby and talked to us from D.C.
"We were 100 yards away from the front door when all this started to happen," he says, "All of a sudden people were running out away saying there's been a shooting there's been a shooting."
Investigators say 88-year-old James Von Brun walked up to the front door with a rifle and opened fire. He hit 39-year old security guard Stephen Johns, who later died at the hospital. Another guard critically shot Von Brun.
The navy vet, who founded his own white supremacist website, spent 6 years in prison for attacking former Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker.
"What's happening there? Who's been shot? How dangerous is it?"
Those are the words of Richard Fruchter, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He was hired only weeks before accused gunman Naved Haq opened fire in 2006 on the center.
"It's painful to know we have to talk about these things," he says, "but talking about them it gives people a sense of confidence and sense of security."
So does a full remodel at the center, a tight security system, and a now nationally recognized network called "Safe Washington."
"We're connected to Homeland Security, the Seattle Police Department," says Fruchter, and that's just the half of it.
"If something happens anywhere, we are all aware of it," he says.
"I started watching the coverage and eventually I just had to turn it off because it was too hard to hear.
Cheryl Stumbo was one of 6 people shot at the center in 2006. She's faced years of surgery and counseling.
"The bullet that injured me was still lodged in my uterus, so I had to have a hysterectomy."
Her sister put together a scrapbook filled articles about that tragic shooting in July. They are old memories that she and others remember clearly, but have now resurfaced by a new tragedy.
"There are some people who are so filled with hate that nothing can change them."
Those old memories will soon be relived in detail. Naved Haq's second trial begins in October. The first trial ended in a hung jury.