Vigilance was the response at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Wednesday after an elderly gunman with ties to white supremicist groups opened fire inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, killing a security guard.
"When such hatred leads to violence, it requires vigilance and a strong response from all levels of society," said Executive Director Richard Hirschhaut.
The Illinois museum's officials are working closely with the Skokie Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to secure the newly-opened, north suburban facility.
Hirschhaut says the a heightened level of security in and around the Skokie museum is officials' main concern.
The 65,000 square-foot museum opened in April. It's the largest of its kind in the Midwest and features 2,000 survivor testimonies, most of them from Skokie area residents.