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Two employees stabbed inside New York’s Museum of Modern Art

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New York City police officers stand guard at the entrance of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on March 12, 2022 following a stabbing of two employees./AFP
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Mar 14, 2022 - 09:05 AM

NEW YORK — Two female employees were stabbed inside New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, allegedly by an angry patron, police said, causing the museum to be evacuated.

The women were injured “in the back, in the collarbone, in the back of the neck” but are both “going to be ok,” said John Miller, New York police department deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

The suspect, who had not been arrested as of late Saturday afternoon, was known to police as a regular visitor to MoMA, whose membership card had been expired after “two incidents involving disorderly conduct” in recent days, Miller said.

On Saturday, when the man was refused entry, “he became upset… then jumped over the reception desk and proceeded to attack and stab two employees of the museum multiple times,” Miller added.

The two were rushed to the hospital following the attack, which occurred around 4:15 pm (2115 GMT).

Officers put up a police cordon, and the museum remained closed for Saturday.

Multiple news outlets, as well as social media posts, showed images of people standing outside the museum, a popular tourist destination, after being evacuated.

MoMA includes artwork by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo, to name a few.

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