‘Today Show’ hosts evacuated after man tries to slit his wrists

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:03 EDT
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NBC "Today Show" host Matt Lauer
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A man reportedly harmed himself with a knife outside NBC’s Today Show on Thursday.

“Opening the 8 o’clock half hour inside the studio today because there was an incident out on the plaza,” host Matt Lauer explained after a commercial break. “A short time ago, a man out there attempted to harm himself with a knife. He did manage to cut himself.”

“He was controlled by our security team out there. However, he did harm himself in some way. And so he’s now being attended to by medical personnel.”

Lauer added that the man “did say something about not wanting to harm others.”

Mediabistro senior editor Alex Weprin tweeted additional details about the incident: “Attempted suicide outside the Today show this morning. Crowd evacuated, anchors moved inside from the plaza. Man tried to slit wrists.”

Video posted to the social network Mobypicture showed security tackling a man.

Watch this video from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast June 6, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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