Notre Dame Evacuated After Suicide at Altar
Man reportedly shoots himself
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 21, 2013 10:39 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
This May 2 photo shows Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Newser) – Paris' legendary Notre Dame Cathedral was evacuated today, after a man shot himself in front of the altar, police tell France 24. The incident occurred around 4pm local time, while the tourist attraction was open to the public. Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out after the man put a letter on the altar, pulled out a gun, and shot himself in the head, reports the AP. He looked to be in his 50s.

It's the first suicide to occur at the cathedral in decades, says its rector, who explained that while a few people have committed suicide by jumping from Notre Dame's twin towers, he was unaware of anyone having ever committed suicide at the altar. The motives for the suicide, and the contents of the man's letter, remain unknown.

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May 22, 2013 4:07 AM CDT
Protesting gay marriage with suicide? Umm... was he absent the day they explained that suicide was also a sin?
May 21, 2013 11:30 PM CDT
This a terrrible thing to happen, but his actions remind me of the suicide squad in Monty Python's: The Life of Brian and will have the same effect. "That showed 'em, huh?"
May 21, 2013 4:26 PM CDT
And another one bites the dust.I knew two guys who shot themselves in the head and they were both crabby appletons,good riddance.