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Cops: Hostage Taker Shot at Discovery Building

9/1/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cops have just announced ... they have shot James Jay Lee -- the man who took hostages at the Discovery Channel building in Maryland earlier today.

James Lee

All of the hostages are safe and accounted for.

So far, cops say they have no information on the condition of the suspect.

Cops say one of the devices strapped to Lee exploded during the confrontation.

Lee is currently in police custody.

Cops say the building has not been deemed safe yet because there may be explosives in some of Lee's backpacks.

Story developing ...

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CrisDizzle    

First!

1477 days ago
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Vic    

So it sounds like there's bits n pieces of him now?

1477 days ago
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sloppy seconds    

GREAT! i hope he's dead! i'll have a drink to this! yeah!

1477 days ago
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Pretty LL    

I'm guessing the aren't giving his condition because he's dead.

1477 days ago
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Laur    

It had to be done. Glad no one was hurt.

1477 days ago
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megan    

Isn't this a CELEBRITY website?

1477 days ago
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sloppy seconds    

he's DEAD! He would've been shot by a TAC/SWAT member for sure (a trained sharp shooter), and i know that they are trained to shoot to kill, not wound! he's definitely DEAD! shot with a long barreled rifle.

dead 100% good! another worthless sliteye gone!

1477 days ago
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NickSunset    

Is he related to Virginia Tech Shooter? His "Relatives" put undo expectations on cir***stances out of their control.

Grades and TV shows should not be taken so seriously by his "relatives" you still can be successful without getting A's in school. Sound like someone's Culture needs to re-think their priorities.

1477 days ago
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Idiot!    

I hope everyone is OK, including the nutbag. He needs help bigtime.

I was tempted to wish death upon him, but that's reserved for parasite hilton, lindsay blowhan & kim whoretrashian; Die Now!

1477 days ago
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kcham    

Why is everyone being so racist? Isn't the point that everyone is safe?

1477 days ago
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Melissa    

I thought it was Jon Gosselin at first glance

1477 days ago
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me    

Suspect dead, all my contacts there are safe at Discovery and Planet Green- thank God. I need a glass of wine.

1477 days ago
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ralph    

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 studios, located just off the lobby in the Discovery Building.

Only one hostage was killed by a stray bullet in the fusillade of gunfire. That employee's name is being withheld until it can be positively determined that he or she was not 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.

1477 days ago
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me    

RE:Posted at 2:38 PM on Sep 1, 2010 by me
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Only one hostage was killed by a stray bullet in the fusillade of gunfire. That employee's name is being withheld until it can be positively determined that he or she was not working in collaboration with the hostage taker.

Posted at 2:41 PM on Sep 1, 2010 by ralph

Do you even have a source??? All the media outlets are saying the hostages were safe! I have people there jerk- if you have no source, don't post crap like that.

1477 days ago
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Alex D    

AW!!! Don´t go to Maryland! They take you hostage and there are crazy people walking around with machine guns and there is no respect for hostages´lives!!! Don´t travel in the US !

1477 days ago
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