Holocaust Museum Shooting: Obama Saddened

07/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he is shocked by the shooting at the Holocaust museum near the White House.

He called it an "outrageous act" and said it "reminds us that we must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms."

Obama said Wednesday's shooting would not diminish the United States' effort to build a more peaceful and tolerant world. Obama says no U.S. institution is more important to those efforts than the museum.

The president also says his thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of a security guard who was fatally wounded in the shooting.