Man Pulls Knife in Rockefeller Center, Evacuates Today Show Set

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An unidentified man pulled out a knife and sliced himself open this morning in Rockefeller Center.

The incident took place around 7:50 during Today's live broadcast, though NBC did not catch it on camera. A few minutes later, Matt Lauer updated viewers on what took place.

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"There was an incident a short time ago," he said. "A man 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, and he is being attended to by medical personnel. So, we're keeping the area clear for law enforcement."

The co-anchor added that the man "did say something about not wanting to harm others."

In that regard, he was successful: no bystanders were injured.

Witnesses tell The New York Daily News, meanwhile, that the individual ranted about how the Internal Revenue Service is corrupt and "ruined his life."

He then pulled out a pocket knife and announced he was going to cut himself. But an onlooker actually wrestled it away from the man... only for him to produce another and successfully inflict a self-wound.

Lauer later took to Twitter with an update, writing, "All secure on the plaza after a scary incident. Thanks to our security team and the NYPD."

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