Hostage Taken at Discovery Channel HQ
Update via TBD, 5 pm ET: “Police shot the suspect. His condition is not known. The three hostages are safe.”
At 5:30 pm, NBC is reporting that the suspect is dead.
“A man possibly armed with explosives took at least one hostage Wednesday at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, police said.” [CNN]
- Ongoing coverage at TBD.
- All other workers in the building evacuated.
- Suspect James Jay Lee’s “Save the Planet Protest Against the Discovery Channel” reported by DCist, January 2008.
- “Lee was arrested outside the Discovery Channel headquarters on Feb. 21, 2008,” reports TBD.
- Lee’s SaveThePlanetProtest.com website (intermittently crashing).
- TBD update: 3:20 pm ET: “Montgomery County police chief Tom Manager said negotiations with the gunman are ongoing, and that there are a ‘small number of hostages’ but an exact number had not been established. Manger said there had been no reports of injuries as of yet.”