The lives of the two women, hospitalized, are not in danger
Police are looking for the suspect, whose membership was revoked due to previous incidents
The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA)) has been evacuated this Saturday afternoon after inside there was a double stabbing from two employees, whose life is not in danger.
The event occurred around 4:15 p.m. as reported at a press conference by John Miller, one of those responsible for the New York police. The suspect, that he had had a card museum memberwhat was it canceled after a couple of incidents previous by “disorderly conduct” , tried to get into the screening of ‘Wattstax’, a film by Mel Stuart that was going to be presented by Larry Clark and whose showing had started at 4:00 p.m. When was denied entry He pounced on the counter and stabbed the employeeswho suffered injuries to the neck, back and collarbone and were taken to Bellevue Hospital.
Miller did not give the identity of the suspect at the first press conference but did report that he is a white male and said he was “known” to police. He was engraving leaving the museum after the incident and the authorities were looking for him at the time of writing these lines.
“This seems to be a isolated criminal incident”, the press secretary of Mayor Eric Adams, Fabien Levy, has written on Twitter, who has reported that the first mayor has been informed about the incident and has confirmed that the victims are out of danger.
This appears to be an isolated, criminal incident. Neither victim is suffering from life-threatening injuries at this time.
The major will continue to monitor the situation and the progress of the two victims. https://t.co/fMa7A5me1y
— Fabien Levy (@Fabien_Levy) March 12, 2022
The incident led to museum evacuation, which multiple people reported with videos on social networks. As told on Twitter by one of the people who were inside the museum, Tina Rook, the evacuation was produced from orderly way.
— Tina Rook (@tinarook) March 12, 2022
The police also closed the adjoining area, in Midtown Manhattan, and reported that “a research”.
Due to a police investigation, avoid the area of 53rd Street between 5th & 6th Avenue. Expect emergency vehicles in the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/ctrGbeOyVf
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 12, 2022
Despite being an “isolated” incident, as the City Council spokesman has said, the news shakes New York when it is experiencing an increase in the feeling of insecurity due to the rise in crime. In fact, Adams, a former police officer who was elected mayor in November, focused his campaign on the promise of tackling the problem of violence and insecurity.
This Saturday the mayor has tweeted recalling that “the security is the top priority” of his Administration. “Today’s incident reminds us that this work affects all communities“, He has written.
Please continue to avoid the area while Police continue their investigation and if you have any information, please contact the NYPD immediately. Public safety is our top priority. Today’s incident is a reminder that this work affects every community.
— Major Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) March 12, 2022
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.