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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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76.

Kasee    

Are they sure that isn't Jon Gosselin?! LOL

1459 days ago
77.

Roger    

Reducing the population of humans WOULD solve a lot of the world's problems. I hope Discovery tries at least SOME of his suggestions.

1459 days ago
78.

Mike    

I just read his crazy manifesto. Clearly this guy's mind has gotten very POLLUTED. Jeez. He's been reading too much crazy stuff on the internet and watching too much TV or something. Unbelievable.

Why doesn't he just be a volunteer for the "Planned Parenthood" organization if he's so concerned about overpopulation, deforestation, and extinction of animals? He could have tried to encourage people to use condoms and birth control pills or whatever. Unbelievable. This guy just screwed up his life now. He's going to be in a padded room in a psych ward like a caged animal now. Hopefully, he doesn't kill or injure anybody.

1459 days ago
79.

Eli    

Maybe they are showing FoxNews because they have the highest viewer rating and CNN's ratings can't compete with sponge bob re-runs.

1459 days ago
80.

TMZ Watcher    

I was just watching CNN feed and it looks like they brought someone out in handcuffs (SWAT looking guys). No one mentioned anything about it because some drone reporter was talking.

1459 days ago
81.

C    

Did a sniper get that loser yet...? Please, send him straight to hell. I don't want to look at that mug anymore.

1459 days ago
82.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

Too bad Maryland is not a shall-issue state for firearms otherwise someone may have been able to intervene before the situation escalated to this point.

Posted at 11:39 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by Test
you got that right,maryland is so lame that if you carry a handgun in your car it can not be loaded and the ammunition has to be in the trunk

1459 days ago
83.

Cartman    

Sounds like a typical liberal wacko.

Probably drives a Prius with an "Obama/Biden" bumpersticker.

I hope the cops snuff him.

1459 days ago
84.

Mel    

Mom & Dad I'm OK! xo

1459 days ago
85.

Janine    

Well here is the problem... This guy still uses myspace...

1459 days ago
86.

ReeB    

"stop encouraging the birth of more parasitic human infants"?! How about the immediate death of psychos who want to hurt other people for no good GD reason! Starting with this *******.

1459 days ago
87.

Anon.    

James Lee
SaveThePlanetProtest.com
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P.O. Box 81024
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852-3594-1708
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Suite 210 - 360...2 Gilmore Way
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Record expires on 07-Jan-2011.
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this James Jay Lee?

1459 days ago
88.

Anonymous    

Looks like this is his myspace page.

http://www.myspace.com/worldguardian

1459 days ago
89.

Levent    

He is a asian male. How do can you be sure he is muslim?

It's that muslim obama

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

Posted at 11:32 AM on Sep 1, 2010 by Jeffro11

1459 days ago
90.

anony    

Something tells me that this will be his last complaint with the Discovery Channel.

1459 days ago
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