A security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City unintentionally shot himself in the leg while cleaning his gun in the basement of the building. The museum employs a limited number of armed guards who are not allowed to take their weapons out of the building so must service them there.
The guard was taken to New York Presbyterian Medical Center and is in stable condition. He has worked for the museum for 24 years and is expected to make a full recovery.
A museum spokesperson said the public was never in danger. He declined to say how many armed guards the museum has but did say the museum "has been well-protected by these uniformed guards for over 100 years. They're there to protect the public and the art. Its worked out well so far. This was a unique event, clearly a freak accident."