Guard commits suicide at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, building evacuated and close


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Aug 6, 2009
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A security guard at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Smithsonian Institution officials say the guard shot himself with his service revolver shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in a locker room in the basement level of the building. Officials say the public did not witness the shooting, and no one else was injured. The guard’s name has not been released.
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