Guard at the Met Wounded When Gun Goes Off

Shortly before 3 p.m., a single shot rang out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Not in the the Russell B. Aitken Gallery of firearms, where the 16th-century double-barreled wheellock pistol made for Emperor Charles V and the 17th-century gilded French flintlock are housed.

It was down in a basement locker room, where a security guard cleaning his .38-caliber Colt accidentally shot himself in the leg.

The guard, whose injuries were not life-threatening, is one of a limited number at the museum authorized to carry weapons, said Harold Holzer, a spokesman for the museum. They are not allowed to take them out of the building, Mr. Holzer said, so they maintain and clean them on the premises.

Mr. Holzer emphasized that the incident happened “deep underground, with no visitors or public around.”

He said that the guard, whose name was not immediately released, was being treated at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and that he “appears to be O.K.”

Mr. Holzer declined to reveal where the gun-carrying guards are stationed at the museum.

“They’re routed every day in a different place and we don’t really disclose how they’re assigned,” he said.

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