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Hostage 911 at Discovery Channel:

Man with Gun

9/1/2010 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man wielding a gun and possibly carrying an explosive device is holed up at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, MD -- and now he's been identified by the network as radical environmentalist -- James Jay Lee -- who has had a grudge against Discovery for years.

Discovery Channel Hostage
Lee recently published a manifesto listing his demands to the Discovery Channel ... including the immediate stop to "encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants."  Lee also lashes out about Discovery Channel programs promoting war and technology.

Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Lee was arrested during a protest in 2008 for disorderly conduct outside the Discovery Channel headquarters.

After the gunman entered the building earlier today ... an employee told a local TV station, "We heard, pop, pop, pop, pop pop."

A day care center in the building -- with 100 kids -- has been evacuated.

The SWAT team is on scene. The drama has been unfolding since around 1 PM ET.

UPDATE: Lee is reportedly demanding to speak with Discovery Channel executives.

Law enforcement officials confirm that Lee is still holding a "small number" of hostages. Officers have not confirmed the exact number of people being held.

Cops also say ... they believe Lee has a number of metallic containers strapped to himself that could be explosive devices.

UPDATE 12:30 PM PST: A source on the scene tells TMZ the SWAT team has just entered the building.

UPDATE 12:55 PM PST: The local police chief is set to address the media in the next few minutes.

UPDATE 1:03 PM PST: Cops say they have not confirmed any injuries so far.

Story developing...

Discovery Channel Hostage


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Maybe he is pissed at TLC for shoving Kate Go$$elin down out throats.

1511 days ago


That's scary, I hope he doesn't kill anybody.

1511 days ago

evil king    

some body kill him

1511 days ago


This is about 5 miles from where I work
Mom its not me

1511 days ago


To FLO ( # 1 ) that is fantastic.. LOL VERY FUNNY.

1511 days ago


this is the discovery channel, not TLC, comment #1.

1511 days ago


they are owned by the same company...

1511 days ago


WJLA/CNN reporting Possible (however NOT confirmed)explosives, the suspect is wearing something appearing to be tanks of some sort.

1511 days ago


Sending good vibes and prayers to these people.They must be so scared. What is this world coming to???

1511 days ago


This is crazy...

1511 days ago


Maybe it's Jon

1511 days ago

Bill F. Murray    

It's that muslim obama

Posted at 11:28 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by mousetrap
Real intelligent statement.

1511 days ago

Jennifer Ann Taylor    

How'd he get there - in the Cash Cab?

Seriously though, my thoughts go out to all involved.

1511 days ago


Wow, untreated mental illness is alive and well in the USA. Hope
the SWAT team can save all the innocents!

1511 days ago


this anchor is FUMBLINGGGGG BIG TIMEEEEEEE. TMZ Live could cover this crap better than she is. I wonder how much they are paying this broad to sound so unintelligent. She keeps asking the fireman questions he said he could not confirm, he shouldn't have to tell HER you can't just blab out facts that "maybe" happened. if she says "um, um, um" one more time.. ... ...

1511 days ago
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