New York NY April 21 2012 A Metropolitan Museum of Art security guard shot himself in the leg while handling a licensed weapon inside the museum’s basement, officials said Friday.
The guard, a 63-year-old veteran employee whose name was not immediately released, accidentally fired the weapon about 2:35 p.m. on Friday in the building’s basement .
“The incident occurred while the employee was cleaning his weapon,” museum spokesman Harold Holzer told the Daily News. “It happened in a locker room in a secure area of the museum basement.”
“There was never any time that the public was in danger,” Holder added.
The employee was rushed to Cornell Medical Center for treatment.
Patrons of the museum exiting to Fifth Avenue told the Daily News they did not hear the gunshot.