Two women stabbed at MoMA

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A man believed to be a disgruntled former employee stabbed two women who work at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown on Saturday afternoon.

The attack, which happened shortly after 4 p.m., sent customers running for the exits.

Both women were taken to Bellevue Hospital and their injuries were not life-threatening, sources said.

“I’m going to get a risk bonus!” joked a woman covered in blood, as she was wheeled into an ambulance.

One of the victims is seen on a stretcher after the knife attack at the MoMa on March 12, 2022.
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Police and paramedics at the scene of a double stabbing at the Museum of Modern Art at 11 W 53r St in Manhattan
The other victim is loaded into an ambulance after the stabbing.
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The suspect, who is known to police, is believed to have been hiding in the museum, senior law enforcement sources said.

The building has been evacuated and police are looking for the man, believed to be a disgruntled former employee who was barred from entering the building.

Both women were taken to Bellevue Hospital and their injuries were not life-threatening, sources said.

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NYPD officers at the scene of the attack.
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A security guard closes a glass door at the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art.
A security guard closes a glass door at the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art.
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Dozens of people who were in the museum at the time of the stabbings posted on social media that they had been led out of the building by security, without any explanation. Some of the messages said the police had arrived at the scene and ran straight to the locker room.

Tourist Wendy Keffer, from Austin, Texas, was entering the museum with her husband and children when the chaos began.

“As we were about to enter, we saw hundreds of people running at the same time,” she said. We’ve heard people say “shooter, shooter, shooter”.

Unsubstantiated reports of a shooting scared her son, Lane, 12.

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The suspect, who first thought he was hiding somewhere at MoMA.
NYPD officers investigate the scene of the knife attack inside the Museum of Modern Art.
NYPD officers investigate the scene of the knife attack inside the Museum of Modern Art.
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“Everyone was shouting ‘shooter, shooter shooter,’ so I just covered my head,” the shaken boy said. “It was the scariest time of my life. I had just gotten into art and wanted to see the starry night, that’s why I came here.

“I still haven’t gotten over it,” Lane added.

The suspect, a white male, was wearing a dark jacket, blue mask and sunglasses, police said.

The museum could not immediately be reached for comment.

Footage shows visitors rushing past the Midtown Museum of Modern Art after being stabbed.
The images capture many frantic visitors leaving the modern art museum.
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Footage shows visitors rushing past the Midtown Museum of Modern Art after being stabbed.
Patrons quickly ran outside the modern art museum as the suspect hid inside the museum.
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Additional reporting by Bill Miller

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