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Posted at 4:50 PM ET, 09/ 1/2010

Discovery suspect James Lee is dead

By Washington Post editors

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Update, 5:50 p.m.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said that officers shot suspected Discovery gunman James J. Lee after he pointed a gun at a hostage. Manger said it's not clear whether Lee fired the weapon.

Manger said Lee has a history of conflict with Discovery.

At about 1 p.m. Lee entered the lobby of the Discovery building. Manger said he was wearing explosive devices and had two boxes and two backpacks. Lee was also carrying a handgun. Manger said while Lee displayed the gun, it is not clear whether he fired the weapon.

Manger said several people fled the lobby area, but Lee took three men hostage, including a security guard. Officers were able to watch Lee via camera and when they saw him aim the gun at a hostage, they shot him.

A Discovery official said they were familar with Lee.

Bomb squads from the Washington Metropolitan area are currently going through the building searching for possible explosives.

Update, 5:30 p.m.

Sources say that the suspect Discovery gunman, James J. Lee is dead.

Lee was carrying identification that listed the Silver Spring address for Community Vision and Shepherd's Table, two programs offering services, including postal services, to the homeless and those without fixed addresses.

Records at the site showed Lee signed up more than two years ago for mail distribution via Shepherd's Table but never used it or used any other services "in the recent past or present" said Priscilla Fox-Morrill, director of Homeless Services for Interfaith Works and Jacki Coyle, executive director of Shepherd’s Table in a joint statement on Wednesday. He had no other connections to the programs, they said in the release.

The programs are housed at 8210 Colonial Lane in Silver Spring, which the statement said is a publicly owned property of the Montgomery County government. Police told program its address was on ID carried by the armed suspect.

Update, 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said that three hostages have been released. Manger said the suspect, James J. Lee, was shot at about 4:50 p.m. He is in custody but his condition is unknown at this time.

Police continue to search the building out of concern that more devices may be inside.

Lee, armed with a gun and an explosive device entered the Discovery Communications building in downtown Silver Spring on Wednesday afternoon and took several people hostage including a security guard, Montgomery County Police said.

Police responded after receiving a 911 call about 1 p.m. of shots fired in the lobby. Police said they do not have confirmation that any shots were fired.

Some employees were evacuated. Others told to go to the highest floor in the building. An e-mail to Discovery employees had the subject line: "URGENT: Employees at One Discovery Place Proceed to a Locked Office IMMEDIATELY."

Update: 4:55 p.m.

Patricia Kollappallil, head of communications for Animal Planet, one of Discovery's channels, said security guards and a Discovery executive helped her and other employees on the eighth floor leave by going down the back stairs. She said she was on the phone when she heard an announcement over the public address system, advising everyone to stay locked in the building. She went into the hallway, where she was told that somebody with a gun was downstairs. She said the evacuation was orderly.

"Everyone was very calm," she said. "We were all moved so quickly. Some people didn't have their phones. I grabbed my purse."

She said employees were milling around street corners a few blocks away, or waiting in a nearby restaurant.

Update, 4:30 p.m.

Jose Quinones, 49, Silver Spring said he heard shots fired when he got off the Y7 bus to switch to the J2 at about 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

"I got off and started to see police cars," he said. "All of a sudden I heard a series of shots--ta ta ta ta ta! I ran across the street."

Quinones said the police were already here, behind cars with their guns drawn. He cannot say if police returned fire. "It drew my attention. I was 'what the hell?' It was like a movie."

Update, 3:40 p.m.

Montgomer County Police Chief Thomas Manger said negotiations with the suspected gunman who was identified by federal law enforcement officials as James Jay Lee, have been going on for an hour.

Manger described the suspected gunman as an Asian male wearing vest with what appeared to be two pipebombs and two canisters strapped to it. He was also waving a gun. About 1900 employees work at the Discovery Building. Manger said a small number of hostages was being held, but could offer no information about their identities. Witnesses said they saw four people on the ground. Police say not aware of any injuries.

Manger said they would give another update in 30 minutes.

Update, 3:30 p.m.

At a briefing for reporters, Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said that a ". . .small group number of hostages," is being held by the suspected gunman who federal officials have identified as James Jay Lee.

Update, 3:20 p.m.

Federal law enforcement sources have confirmed the suspect is James Jay Lee.

Update 3:10 p.m.

Several stores in downtown Silver Spring, including Toys R Us Express, Pier 1 and Borders, have closed their doors.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington also notified parents of children at St. Michael the Archangel School -- which is less than two blocks from the Discovery building -- that the building is on "lockdown status," according to an email sent to parents. All students were accounted for but all doors were shut and all shades were drawn, archdiocese officials said.

Update, 3:05 p.m.

Brian Slone, 28, was at his desk when a coworker called from outside the building telling him of the situation. A short time later an alert came over the intercom.

"I'm thinking Columbine all of the sudden and guys walking around with guns," Slone said.

People immediately worried about kids at the daycare on the same floor as the gunman, though they were on an opposite side of the building. Slone said the updates on what to do came swiftly and people stayed calm.

"You don't expect something like this to happen in a creative company, in a family culture like we have here," he said. "but I guess it can."

Update, 2:46 p.m.: "Law enforcement official confirms the name of suspect James Jay Lee," according to NBC Washington.

In March 2008, the Gazette reported that:

The California man who was arrested after throwing thousands of dollars into the air at a rally outside of Discovery Communications last month was told by a judge on Friday that he would be thrown in jail for up to 60 days if he came within 500 feet of the building.
James Jay Lee, 40, of San Diego was also given six months of supervised probation and fined $500 by Associate Judge Stephen P. Johnson, who quipped that if Lee was so keen on throwing money away, ‘‘you can give some to the state.”

Update, 2:36 p.m.: The hostage is a security guard at the building, according to WTTG Fox 5.

Update, 2:19 p.m.: Police inside the building are speaking with the suspect, according to WUSA 9 TV.

Police have come out from behind their barricades, according to TBD-TV.

The suspect appears to be an Asian male, police told the station.

Update, 2:10 p.m.: Children at a day care center in the Discovery Building has been safely evacuated to a nearby McDonalds. Fox 5 reports that traffic is beginning to back up on the Beltway.

Earlier post: A man with what appears to be an explosive device on him has taken at least one hostage at the Discovery Building in downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County Police said.

Cpl. Dan Friz said police received a call about 1 p.m., of shots fired in the lobby.

Tactical officers are on the scene and developing a plan to deal with the situation.

Police initially said the building was being evacuated, but employees said they were told via email to stay at their desks.

Officers have not fired their weapons, Friz said,

The building, as well as areas near it, are being evacuated, she said.

Discovery employees said they were told via email to stay at their desks. Some have said on their Twitter accounts that shots have been fired, but police have not confirmed that.

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We're watching from across Wayne Ave. We heard what sounded like gun shots around 1:20.

Posted by: justsomechic | September 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@A-Voter. Really? At the company that owns the Military Channel? Go crawl back under a rock.

Hope everyone at discovery stays safe.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | September 1, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It's an angry white male, unhappy with the health care bill!

Posted by: kurttj2002 | September 1, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It's an All-American patriot, using his 2nd Amendment Rights. Just like Timothy McVeigh.

Posted by: lambcannon | September 1, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like post-Shark Week Depression Disorder to me.

Posted by: j-man1 | September 1, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone's really mad Shark Week's over.

In all seriousness, I hope everything turns out all right.

Posted by: dkp01 | September 1, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Employees were not told to remain at their desk. They were told to seek protection in a locked office on their floor.

Posted by: erbuch | September 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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It's a Glenn Beck Mormon jihadest.

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's just focus on hoping that no one is hurt now, nor that anyone will be physically hurt in the process of arresting this individual.

I think we can all agree that anyone who is held hostage is going to be terribly frightened and that can lead to other problems. Hopefully not, though.

Posted by: Skowronek | September 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute and CNN will tell you everything about him. They revealing as much as they can about the man including the fact "the police have a visual on him." CNN probably wont tell you that the building has thousands of tv monitors so that the suspect can see himself on tv and hear every police action broadcast through them

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Why are some liberals so pathetic? Cracking jokes about McVeigh and Tea baggers is the epitome of tastelessness..

Posted by: cleancut77 | September 1, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It's an Asian guy since the race of the perp seems to be important to some liberals on here.

Posted by: cleancut77 | September 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It's a shark, angry about Shark Week

Posted by: jimward21 | September 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It's one of Obama's lemmings, angry at the idea that their free ride is over....

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Here's hoping that no one has been/will be hurt. Who the hell would want to attack the Discovery Channel? Disgruntled former employee, maybe?

Posted by: js_edit | September 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm working at the DCTC location, down the street from the main discovery location. We're on total lock-down.

Posted by: lwatkins4 | September 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC has told everyone including the suspect who is probably watching tv to move to higher floors.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 1, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Not to be out done, MSNBC has told everyone including the suspect who is probably watching tv to move to higher floors.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 1, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Probably a religious nut who has problems with science, which a lot of the Discovery networks focus on.

Eew, targeted advertising can be really offensive... there's an ad for life insurance with a girl leaning on a tombstone in the right hand side on this article.

Posted by: Krista_L | September 1, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

lwatkins4, hope you're safe. Do you know if they evacuated any part of the main building, or is everyone still in it?

Posted by: dkp01 | September 1, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

His one hostage has been confirmed to be the inflatable shark head recently removed from the building after shark week.

I miss Shark Week too...

I just hope they get this cleared up in short order, otherwise, I gotta find a different route home...

Looks like a dirty job for Mike Rowe...

Posted by: BillStoner | September 1, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

LOL LOL; some of you guys are so silly. This is nothing to make jokes about. I don't care if the person is a liberal, conservative, gay, straight, black, white, Latino, Asian, woman, Indian, Albino, Muslin, Jew, or Catholic. He's a disturb individual and he need some mental health counseling. ABC 7 News is reporting he's an Asian male.

Municipalities and States need to increase their mental health budgets because people or U.S. citizens are losing it daily or becoming suicidal.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope it ends peacefully, and I hope one of his demands are that General Electric stop scrubbing their channels (Discovery, History and Military) of the great JFK assassination stuff they USED to run. Before they DISCOVERED it wasn't good for the intel 'removal' business. : )

Posted by: Rumpl4skn | September 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It might be easier for people to read information pertaining to what is actually going on if people who have nothing of value would keep their useless comments to themselves. Flame me for exposing you for being uncouth...you are proving my point tenfold.

Posted by: nnif4 | September 1, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I used to work there. There are virtually no offices on the first floor, just the lobby and hallways and the cafe/health center/conference rooms. You gotta go up the elevators to find anyone. Once you're past the lobby, you can move around freely, though. If he has hostages, it's most likely someone who was in the lobby or on their way to/from lunch. Would be very hard to reach a specific office or employee quickly. Prayers are with them.

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Fox News viewers show the same kind of initiative?

Posted by: mjoy | September 1, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

They're reporting it's an Asian male and he's either an ex-employee or the Discovery Channel has confirmed there have been threats made against the channel for it's program "Whale Wars," claiming is propagates eco-terrorism.

Not joking on either of these fronts.

Posted by: mjsciann1 | September 1, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I know someone who works there and I hope she is all right and that everyone is all right when this ends. Not a joke, guys.

Posted by: dcc1968 | September 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

CNN just reported to the suspect, I mean to all those who watching them that the police on watching the suspect on close circut bldg monitors.

Posted by: MILLER123 | September 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least mibrooks27 has proven that both sides are equally capable of irrelevant wise-ass remarks...

I'm saying lots of prayers for everyone's safety.

Posted by: aaronsmith68 | September 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, I see I wasn't the only mad that "Shark Week" was for only a week.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"It's an All-American patriot, using his 2nd Amendment Rights. Just like Timothy McVeigh."

How on Earth can terrorism and killing the average person ever be considered be considered patriotic.

You don't like the system, take it to the polling booth, not enough power, become a mayor, a governor, a senator or a president. If you think one person irrespective of office isn't powerful enough, join forces with like minded people and become a political entity not a pseudo paramilitary nutjob.

As for this guy, whatever the case this guy has deepended, taking hostages, having explosives, all serious psychological issues. If he gets out of this one alive, asides from the usual blood baying, he is gonna need some major help.

Posted by: angeljane8 | September 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The building is divided into two building on the inside, with a big atrium between them. The first floor is virtually all glass, you can see into everywhere from the ground level, and the hallways are also all glass and all visible to the exterior from the courtyard area. Police would be able to see movement pretty easily.

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not joking this is what I heard on the news.

Posted by: mjsciann1 | September 1, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Miller123, I really doubt anyone's reporting anything that the suspect didn't already know.

Posted by: dkp01 | September 1, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

why are you people joking about this... it's not funny! get alife!

Posted by: strycharz7494 | September 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

That's children HAVE been, not has been.

If everyone carried a handgun these incidents would not occur.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I come from Binghamton NY where people were killed at the civic center by a gunman. How can you joke about this. Jerks.

Posted by: bealtaine1 | September 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It is Al Gore and he wants someone to massage his teabag.

Posted by: claibst | September 1, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to the people who are actually showing some concern in these comments. This is a serious situation that doesn't need the political/partisan jabs. Geez people, have some damn decency for a change.

Posted by: trosen2 | September 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Stupid az$ gun laws prevented a citizen from ending this before it started.

Posted by: dohbarry | September 1, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Damn, that means the J buses from Bethesda are going to take a while to get to Silver Spring tonight.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Those children are still in danger. That is one of the dirtiest McDonald's that I have ever been to.

Posted by: pyoung66 | September 1, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

ive heard that Discovery actually does a good job of pissing people off, especially employees

Posted by: intellectuallyindependent | September 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Call me uptight, but I find most of the comments posted on this topic to be juvenile and insensitive. Real people are in this scene, and my kid is a couple blocks away at his daycare center. Save your theories about who the disgruntled person is or is not for later, as well as your complaints about traffic and bus routes.

Posted by: splank1 | September 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It's the American Taliban...ie. Glen Beck Mormon Tea Bagger jihadists!

Posted by: dc1020008 | September 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, if everyone has a gun we're all safer. Scenario unfolds as follows: 1) armed man runs into lobby 2) armed citizen shoots him 3)other armed citizen sees a person shoot first guy (who has not fired a shot) and then shoots the wrong person 4)total wild west shootout yeeeehaaaar!!! 5)we're all safer.

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

...take him out, there are visuals on him. This situation has lasted too long already.

Posted by: langahl | September 1, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It's Jon Gosselin, and he's angry that TLC is showing "Kate Plus Eight." He now regrets that he jumped off the gravy train.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Police are claiming he has an explosive device.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

splank1 - You are uptight.

Of course this is a serious situation. Take a joke. None of us will have any influence on the outcome. It is in God's hands anyways.

Now go to alllooksame.com and find out if it's a militant Asian!

Posted by: BillStoner | September 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow...So, ignorance is bliss huh. I find it really hard to see where the humor is in this situation. And why is this now a political argument amongst the unintelligent? Really people...I sure hope your loved ones are never involved in anything like this. BTW...for all the jerks making jokes...did you think 911 was funny too? GROW UP!!!

Posted by: Danielle27 | September 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

splank1 - You are uptight.

Of course this is a serious situation. Take a joke. None of us will have any influence on the outcome. It is in God's hands anyways.

Now go to alllooksame.com and find out if it's a militant Asian!

Posted by: BillStoner | September 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of this it reminded me of a nutjob who protested Discovery in Feb 2008. He took out a week or two of ads in the Express with his manifesto against Discovery. Wonder if it's the same guy - His website is still up - www.savetheplanetprotest.com/protest.htm and www.savetheplanetprotest.com

Posted by: jrad1 | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You can get more information by going to Twitter than by reading MSM.

In a few minutes of surfing, I've seen a photo of the guy outside with gun, been to his web page protest against Discovery, learned his name is Lee, and that he's protested outside the Discovery building for years. His site is savetheplanetprotest.com. He hates humans, apparently.

Posted by: hitpoints | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

BTW...for all the jerks making jokes...did you think 911 was funny too? GROW UP!!!

Posted by: Danielle27

That's a mighty big assumption. Name-caller! Jokes are better than the political agenda some are inclined to push.

Posted by: BillStoner | September 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Slow news day ...

This 'story' is on every cable station in the D.C. region.

To pass the time, let's all sing the Bloodhound Gang's signature tune, "You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals, so let's do it like they do on Discovery Channel."

Posted by: perryneheum | September 1, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of this I remembered a crazy guy who protested Discovery in Feb 2008. He even took out a week or two of ads in the Express to print his manifesto against Discovery.

Search for save the planet protest and you'll see his website and manifesto... kind of a whacko

Posted by: jrad1 | September 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of this it reminded me of a nutjob who protested Discovery in Feb 2008. He took out a week or two of ads in the Express with his manifesto against Discovery. Wonder if it's the same guy - His website is still up - www.savetheplanetprotest.com/protest.htm and www.savetheplanetprotest.com

Posted by: jrad1 | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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Apparently, it's the same guy.

Posted by: js_edit | September 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This guy?
http://dcist.com/2008/02/discovery_chann.php

Posted by: ML01 | September 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

That's what you get for hiring Sarah Palin.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | September 1, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh wait...I started singing, "Whenever there's trouble we're there on the double we're the bloodhound gang!"

Posted by: Pawtry | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if it's Jon minus the Kate plus 8...That network has certainly cost him a lot...

Best wishes for a peaceful end.

Posted by: Pat_E | September 1, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Good to see all the people new to the world of computers and internet, who have read this thread and are so scandalized that some of the comments are not particularly solemn. Be careful, you will also fine pictures of naked people on the internet.

If I had a friend or loved one at or near that building, I'd have other things to do than chastise internet trolls.

Posted by: mike8 | September 1, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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This guy did it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

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Posted by: A-Voter | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This guy?
http://dcist.com/2008/02/discovery_chann.php

Posted by: ML01 | September 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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Yup. That's the guy according to MSNBC.

Posted by: js_edit | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@BillStoner

It wasn't an assumption, it was a question. This is not a political situation (as I stated earlier). Perhaps it's me, but again, I fail to see te humor in the following: Guy takes someone hostage, Children at daycare in building evacuated, shots fired inside a building, people being evacuated from rooftop. Oh...of course, I missed it. It's all friggin' hilarious...yeah, I am just busting my sides at how funny that all is. I think not.

Posted by: Danielle27 | September 1, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

the website is now blocked by the way

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm always ready for a good joke, but, dang you all here just took it to a whole new level... I'd like to think that everyone comes out unharmed before I can find humor in situations like these... It's no fun laughing at someone (those held hostage) who could potentially lose their life.

Posted by: Debonair31 | September 1, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's scary how we in the citizenry are moving faster on some of these details than the live news coverage!

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

You can google the site and view a cached version. It's good CRAZY reading.

Posted by: jrad1 | September 1, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

A-Voter, you are a space waster. I'm outta here.

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Liberal or conservative doesn't extricate someone from being accountable for one's actions. The government doesn't need to increase budgets for mental healthcare or anything else. If you think the government can spend your hard-earned money better than you can, then you should move to Greece.
Send that crazy jerk to jail and make the punishment for like crimes deter them from happening again...yeah yeah, if guns kill people, then spoons make people fat.

Posted by: fbgraham76 | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

on your live video feed, there was another audio feed playing at the same time, which sounded like a phone conversation, or people in a recording studio

Posted by: paolonuovo | September 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that the outcome will be dictated by the humor, or lack of humor, or political posts on this website. I am rather enjoying them! If the incident turns out badly, I won't regret the humor, but will be appropriately solemn.

Posted by: falcon269 | September 1, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

...yeah yeah, if guns kill people, then spoons make people fat.
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But my spoon can't make you fat...

Posted by: lectricbass | September 1, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

on your live video feed, there was another audio feed playing at the same time, which sounded like a phone conversation, or people in a recording studio

Posted by: paolonuovo | September 1, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If it is that James Lee guy who they are saying it is, thats very crazy. Never thought someone who did that much advertising, who put a manifesto in a paper and what have you would go to this extreme.

BTW not sure if anyone else here ever saw or read what he wrote in the papers, but the thing that sticks out in my head is he had a reference to the book Ishmael in those ads as the basis of his protest.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It's a baby dropping Mexican terrorist!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | September 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Um. . .let's see. President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Reagan--but he survived, John Lennon, Columbine, Virginia Tech. Have I forgotten any others? Isn't it great to live in a free society where anybody can open fire anywhere?

Posted by: redgeorge | September 1, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that the cops don't shoot and kill the guy, cuz then Bear Grylls would have to eat his rectum or something.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | September 1, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So this is "Restoring Honor"?

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 1, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of this it reminded me of a nutjob who protested Discovery in Feb 2008. He took out a week or two of ads in the Express with his manifesto against Discovery. Wonder if it's the same guy - His website is still up - www.savetheplanetprotest.com/protest.htm and www.savetheplanetprotest.com

Posted by: jrad1 | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM
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That's him in the flesh. Let's just say that we won't seeing Mr. Lee for a bery, bery long time.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 1, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

When will Ike Legget do something about the borders? How many Californians, who are of Asian descent, have to cross the MoCo border before something is done.

Posted by: dedlinetosilverspring | September 1, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"My spoon can't make you fat.."
typical statement in a vacuum from a liberal idealougue idiot.
You worry about your spoon and your guns, but don't infringe on my right to eat how I please or use my guns to protect my family and private property from d-bags who don't believe in accountability...
if you choke on my spoon, it can kill you.

Posted by: fbgraham76 | September 1, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

anyone know about pedestrian restrictions. People returning to their cars in garages via Metro would have problems. There are several county garages across Wayne from Discovery bldg. If roads are closed and Wayne exit from metro closed....how does one walk from Colesville/EWHwy exit to those garages?!

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

there's a gun store 1 block down.

now is the time for a local hero to take advantage and end this before rush hour..

Posted by: bradmoser | September 1, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

How could he be a teabagger, he's asian, not white.

Posted by: tonie7543 | September 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Avoter:
How could he be a teabagger, he's Asian.

Posted by: tonie7543 | September 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Avoter:
How could he be a teabagger, he's Asian.

Posted by: tonie7543 | September 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Avoter:
How could he be a teabagger, he's Asian.

Posted by: tonie7543 | September 1, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

To everyone claiming he was a conservative, he's a left-wing environmentalist.

Posted by: daveredhat | September 1, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

You know, I came to these comments to possibly learn something. But, no, it's a bunch of irrelevant liberal bashing. Nothing new, nothing relevant.

Posted by: Marylander4 | September 1, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't think what he is/was politically is an issue. He seems to have had just one problem, for some reason, Discovery Communications. He's obviously insane and whether he's alive or not, I'm glad he's off the streets. Thank God all the hostages (and the daycare children) are SAFE!

Posted by: MadamDeb | September 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

" Nothing is more important than saving ... the Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels. The humans? The planet does not need humans.”


Liberals, socialists, obamabots, enviroterrorists, Greenpeacers, Sierra Clubbers, DailyKosacks, Huffington Posters ---

THIS IS YOU!!!

Posted by: AlGoreTerrorist | September 1, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow hope all is safe. By the way the guy learned EVERYTHING from Al Gores Inconvenient Truth! He was a crazy lib with a gun. Read his manifesto.

Posted by: gammilljanice | September 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow hope all is safe. By the way the guy learned EVERYTHING from Al Gores Inconvenient Truth! He was a crazy lib with a gun. Read his manifesto.

Posted by: gammilljanice | September 1, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Some of the commentators here are really warped.

What does it matter his political point of view or affiliation? He is (maybe was) a malcontent, mentally twisted, self-indulgent creature who held innocent people hostage while he acted out.

Traffiic is snarled, it is HOT out, people can't get to their children or their homes and some of you foolish people are arguing about whether he is one of Obama's followers or a Beck teabagger.

He IS soon to be declared a felon or deceased. That's what he is.

Posted by: 2belinda | September 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow hope all is safe. By the way the guy learned EVERYTHING from Al Gores Inconvenient Truth! He was a crazy lib with a gun. Read his manifesto.

Posted by: gammilljanice | September 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Some of the commentators here are really warped.

What does it matter his political point of view or affiliation? He is (maybe was) a malcontent, mentally twisted, self-indulgent creature who held innocent people hostage while he acted out.

Traffic is snarled, it is HOT out, people can't get to their children or their homes and some of you foolish people are arguing about whether he is one of Obama's followers or a Beck teabagger.

He IS soon to be declared a felon or deceased. That's what he is.

Posted by: 2belinda | September 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I find it offensive that Montgomery County employs a sniper.

Posted by: ADNova | September 1, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: notepeepnews | September 1, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

My issue with this is the shoot first ask questions later by the police if that man wanted to hurt someone he would have already done so. there seem to be a brotherhood going on in the police departments that allow these gangs of thugs to go out and kill people at their own disgression and then protect them behind the silent wall of blue they have a history of killing and beating the crap out of people and all they are ever charged with is civil rights violations. but OMG if a cop gets kill if the cops don't kill the suspect he damn will go to death row. Its time for change that these trigger happy people be held responsible for their reckless actions and punished by the very same laws the swore to uphold and not use it for their amusement. i know this has nothing to do with this news event but i ask the question could it have been resolved without gun fire

Posted by: saxplayer6339 | September 1, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Just heard that he is dead.

Posted by: MadamDeb | September 1, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Police opened fire when the gunman, who had been demanding to speak live on The Discovery Channel, appeared to be walking in the direction of the broadcast studio.

Only one hostage was killed by a stray bullet in fusillade of gunfire. That employee's name is being withheld until it can be determined if he or she was working in collaboration with the hostage taker.

Executives from The Discovery Channel assured the public that at no time was there any risk to normal programming and that workers would be back on the job tomorrow morning as usual.

Posted by: blasmaic | September 1, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The "corporate media" fails again. The Washington Post contacts Eugenicist, Daniel Quinn, about Lee's ideas concerning "human pollution" originating from Quinn's book, MY ISHMAEL; Quinn says Lee's claims are egregious...End Of Story! Actually, if you read Quinn's book, you will find that the claims are not egregious at all. For more information about the Eugenics connection, please read the following article: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2010/09/eugenicist-takes-hostage-at-discovery.html

Posted by: GlobalPoliticalAwakening | September 1, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What I'm seeing in comments at any news site is a rush to blame GROUPS. I'm sure ALL environmentalists or believers in population control are to blame for this - in fact if you have ever used birth control I think you share culpability for James Lee's actions. What is the man's ethnicity? There is another group we can blame. What schools did he attend? Alumni groups, beware, YOU are all alike.

Posted by: zyanna | September 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Whatever his issues may he rest in peace cause he's gone now.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | September 1, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

jrad.. I think it is the same guy that had him arrested two years ago.

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | September 1, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that everyone was claiming he was a tea party member until they found out that he was a crazy liberal. Suddenly everyone says that it doesn't matter what his political affiliation was.

You are all a bunch of whiney liberal morons. Maybe if Obama had created some jobs he would be busy at work rather than taking innocent hostages.

Posted by: pyoung66 | September 1, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Oops, he's not a tea partier or a religious nut, he's an environmentalist wacko. Clearly their over the top rhetoric is inspiring violence!

Posted by: AlSnore | September 1, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

He was arrested outside Discovery in 2008. Wasn't that the year that the Democrats took over Congress? I think it was the year that the housing market and the economy collapsed too.

It must have been the 8 years of Bush that made him nuts though, right comrades?

Posted by: pyoung66 | September 1, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Lee was just attempting to expose human filth for what it really is. And save the squirrels. We understand. Do you?
http://swellco2000.com/2010/09/james-jay-lee-kinda/

Posted by: LouiseLaTease | September 1, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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