GUNMAN, BOMBER, LEFTIST ACTIVIST- HOLDS HOSTAGES AT DISCOVERY BUILDING (Photos) …Update: Gunman Dead, Hostages Released
James Lee- behind the Save the Planet Protest. He saw Al Gore’s junk-science movie and says he decided he had to do more… So he packed on bombs and took hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters.
From his website:
My name is Lee. Look for me on site. I will be demonstrating ideas on how to save the planet in front of the Discovery Channel Building each day until they give in. The idea to save the planet is based on the book “My Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn, where he suggests people can build on each other’s ideas to find solutions for saving the remaining species and living sustainably. The Discovery Channel, the networks, and the government, don’t care about planet-saving ideas that actually work. I say that they must give other ideas a chance. Join us in the protest to save the planet. So please, bring yourself, and maybe a sign with your own slogan with saving the planet as a theme, and some friends”
The police are negotiating with him and he is holding hostages. There are reports that there are people lying on the floor in the lobby.
An “Asian male” with a bomb strapped to his chest took hostages today at the Discovery Channel Building in Maryland. Police were initially dispatched to the building for the report of shots fired at about 1 p.m. Police are reporting the suspect is an Asian male. The individual held a protest there last year and has a website.
FOX News reported:
Police in Maryland are responding to a hostage situation after reports that a man with a handgun entered the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring and fired at least one shot.
An official with the Montgomery County Police Department confirmed to Fox News that a man with an explosive device is holding at least one person hostage in the lobby of the building.
A Discovery employee reportedly told WJLA-TV that the building, located in suburban Washington, D.C., was on lockdown. The employee also said she thought she had heard five or six gunshots.
Dan Friz, a spokesman with the Montgomery County Police Department, reportedly told the station that a tactical team is trying to communicate with the gunman.
Friz said police were initially dispatched to the building after a report of shots fired at approximately 1 p.m.
The suspect, identified by police as an Asian male, has “some sort of device on him that may be explosive in nature,” Friz said.
It appears that he has two pipe bombs on his chest.
A suspect named James Lee held a protest last year in support of global climate change.
James Lee on My Space:
From his MySpace page:
Who I’d like to meet:
Environmentalists, scientists, readers of Daniel Quinn, and people who want to work toward a real change.
He says his hometown is Hawaii.
UPDATE: His brother-in-law says he is capable of killing. FOX News says he may be holding a dead man’s switch. Not good.
UPDATE: The gunman is dead.
Three hostages were rescued from the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, Wednesday afternoon after police shot and killed the man who was holding them, officials said.
The hostages were unharmed, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department said.
The suspect, identified by a law enforcement official as James Lee, earlier was in communication with authorities.
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