Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Discovery Channel Hostage Taker Killed, Hostages Freed

The gunman who took hostages at the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, MD, has been killed by police and the hostages are safe.

Yahoo News.

Police shot and killed a man upset with the Discovery Channel network's programming who took two employees and a security officer hostage at the company's headquarters Wednesday, officials said. All three hostages escaped safely.

Police spent several hours negotiating with the gunman, who was upset about the network's programming, after he burst into the suburban Washington building about 1 p.m. waving a handgun and with canisters strapped to his body.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said one explosive device detonated on the gunman's body when they shot him, and they were working to determine whether two boxes and two backpacks he also had with him were explosives. The 1,900 people who work in the building were able to get out safely.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing said authorities had identified James J. Lee as the likely suspect.
This video below was from a 2008 protest in front of Discovery that Lee held, in which he threw fistfulls of money in the air.

Lee claimed that the planet "does not need humans" and was "awakened" after viewing Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth crockumentary.

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