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Guard Commits Suicide At Hirshhorn Museum

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The museum on the National Mall was evacuated and will be closed for the rest of the day. The Hirshhorn is the Smithsonian’s modern art museum.

D.C. police are investigating.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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