Two employees at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art were repeatedly stabbed by a man whose membership had been revoked for disorderly conduct, police said.
The prominent Midtown Museum was evacuated as police searched for a suspect following the 4:15 p.m. attack on Saturday.
The two female staff members were taken to Bellevue hospital, where they remain in stable condition.
The suspect, a 60-year-old man, frequents the museum, but was sent a letter on Friday canceling his membership, police said.
After being denied on Saturday, the man is said to have jumped over the front desk and stabbed the women several times.
“His membership expired due to two incidents involving disorderly conduct at the museum,” said John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism for the NYPD.
“A letter canceling his membership was sent yesterday, and he showed up today with the intention of attending the show.”
Miller said the women, both 24, were stabbed in the back, collarbone and back of the neck.
He said the suspect became known as a police officer after two previous incidents in Midtown, and that officers were continuing to search for him.
The suspect, who was not named by authorities on Saturday, was captured on video leaving the museum wearing a black coat, colorful shirt and blue surgical mask.
New York City’s official emergency notification system has warned people to “avoid this area.”
“Police Operations: Expect traffic to be halted, roads closed and emergency personnel near West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan,” they shared via Twitter.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams was briefed on the situation and his press secretary, Fabien Levy, made the announcement via Twitter.
“This appears to be an isolated, criminal case. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries at this time.
“The mayor will continue to monitor the situation and progress of the two victims.”
Many witnesses took to Twitter to share their experiences.
Alyssa Katz tweeted that a “stomper” was seen “running away” from the museum.
“I just spoke to witnesses visiting from Cannes, France. They saw someone stabbed in the arm on the first floor,” Katz wrote.
She followed that tweet saying that another witness saw two people being stabbed.
“The view here is so peaceful, pondering,” she later tweeted.
“Employees at nearby retail businesses were initially asked to shelter in place,” according to reporter Glenn Schuck.
“MoMA just evacuated – lots of police barge in, but no alarms going off,” Lars Jacobsen tweeted.
Another said he saw many people being carried on stretchers.
“Just been evacuated from MOMA and saw at least two women on stretchers,” @westonpagano wrote.
The museum announced on Saturday night that it would not be open on the Sunday after the incident.
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