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The Hirshhorn Reopens After Security Guard Committed Suicide Yesterday
The 31-year-old male shot himself in a locker room with his service revolver. By Sophie Gilbert
Comments () | Published August 21, 2012

Some sad news came from the Hirshhorn Museum Monday—the Post and the City Paper reported that a security guard shot himself in the locker room, and the Smithsonian seemed to confirm reports on Twitter. The museum was evacuated while police investigated the scene.

Monday was supposed to be the first official unveiling of Barbara Kruger’s new exhibit, “Belief and Doubt,” at the museum, which reopened at 10:30 this morning after the sad event. It will be open until 5:30 as usual. This is the second case of a fatal shooting involving a security guard at a DC museum within the past few years; in 2009, white supremacist James von Brunn shot and killed a security guard at the Holocaust Museum. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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  • Snagglepuss731

    I was there when it happened. My kids were there with the rest of family and their cousins. It was scary. Cops everywhere, one with a rifle ran in, abulances outside and paramedics running in, park police in helicopter landed at the mall. I think they took the guards gun in a cooler type thing. I didn't know what happened until we got word from an employee at the natural history museum. It's so sad and surreal.

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