The Hirshhorn Reopens After Security Guard Committed Suicide Yesterday

The 31-year-old male shot himself in a locker room with his service revolver.

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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