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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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46.

megan    

You're streaming Fox News, really?!

1412 days ago
47.

MJFAN    

who gives a rat's arse who they are getting the footage from....get over it people...more things to worry about in this world then news stations...wow...

people could be killed and ur worried about it being FOX news....

1411 days ago
48.

e    

this lady fox news anchor said "there evacuating young babies" and "um,um,um"

she tries to sound smart makes her look dumb.

hope no one gets hurt

1411 days ago
49.

e    

fox news reporter says "evacuating young babies"

shes trying to hard to sound smart
go TMZ

1411 days ago
50.

e    

fox news reporter says "evacuating young babies"

shes trying to hard to sound smart
go TMZ

1411 days ago
51.

Chris    

This is what happens when you allow liberals to run free. LOL

1411 days ago
52.

sarah palin bite me    

SARAH PALIN should be showing up on the scene momentarily to do a BOOK SIGNING!!!

1411 days ago
53.

hehe    

kate + 8
duggars
quints by surprise

he has a point. all tlc (owned by same parent co as discovery) is now is a freak show featuring people with litters of kids, midgets, and grotesque medical conditions. octomom was no doubt influenced by one of their shows, wanting her very own

1411 days ago
54.

FLO    

Send kate Go$$elin in to negotiate the release of the hostages.

1411 days ago
55.

haha    

Change the channel, TMZ

1411 days ago
56.

ARTOFWAR    

"encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants."
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I think he meant (discouraging) anyway----
Finally, a man with a real plan....Artofwar

1411 days ago
57.

aquanet    

He's a nut, but I see what he's saying. Humans, and over population is ruining and stressing and using up the planet's resources. Fair message, but excution and PR for getting his point across. Discover promotes people having litters of children, so its obvious why he chose them

1411 days ago
58.

TXGURL    

really he's some what right "hehe" ?!? Really no excuse is a good one to put people's life in danger! And oh yah it's alllll Discovery channels fault that this is happening...get over it this or anything else won't stop those shows, and WTF are we we see ppl with 6 kids and are like I want to do that...sounds like they would do it anyways weither they see the shows or not....dumb response truly!

1411 days ago
59.

MJFAN    

hahaha all you guys need to stop.talking crap....get over yourselves....you need to take a look at yourselves before judging other people...you all are just jealous that you cant be making that kind of money by having kids or whatever...

1411 days ago
60.

aquanet    

Do we really need streaming fox news?

1411 days ago
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