September 1st, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Official: Discovery Channel suspect shot, hostages safe

Authorities have identified the man holding hostages in the Discovery Channel headquarters as James Lee.

[Updated at 5:03 p.m.] Police officers shot the suspect at about 4:50 p.m., Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters. All three hostages are safe and out of the building.

"The suspect is in custody," he said. Manger said he had no information about the suspect's condition.

A number of devices in backpacks have to be rendered safe, he added.

During negotiations, "he had a wide range of emotions," he said.

[Updated at 4:44 p.m.] Follow CNN's continuing coverage of the hostage situation at the Discovery Channel headquarters here.

[Updated at 4:14 p.m.] Montgomery County Police spokesman Paul Starks told reporters there remained no reports of injuries, but he could not confirm whether everyone had been evacuated from the building, nor would he say how many hostages were being held.

"We're just continuing to talk to the man and we're hoping to bring about a safe and successful resolution," Montgomery County Police spokesman Paul Starks told reporters.

"It's my understanding that Montgomery County police officers are speaking with him," he said, adding that he believed the conversation was being held by phone. "That has been continuing with him for well over an hour, closing in on two hours now."

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[Updated at 4:04 p.m.] Aaron Morrissey, the editor in chief of the web publication DCist, said he came across James Lee's anti-Discovery Channel manifesto in 2008, when Lee was planning to hold a protest against the channel.

Lee has been identified by law enforcement sources as the man holding hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Lee, Morrissey said, "had some kind of off-the-wall ideas in that manifesto."

The 2008 protest, he said, "was not that well attended."

A month or so later, Lee was arrested near the building on littering and disorderly conduct charges, Morrissey said. The littering stemmed from Lee's throwing money in to the air, he said.

[Updated at 3:41 p.m.] A man with the same name and age as the suspect in a hostage situation at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, was found guilty in 2008 of disorderly conduct, according to court documents.

James Lee, 43, was acquitted of littering in the same case, according to Montgomery County, Maryland, Circuit Court records, according to Eric Nee, a senior assistant state's attorney.

Lee's two-year supervised probation ended August 18, records show.

[Updated at 3:31 p.m.] Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Chief J. Thomas Mangersaid the gunman at the Discovery Channel's headquarters is holding hostage more than one person.

Manger said about 3:20 p.m. that negotiations have been going on for nearly an hour, "and we will continue that for as long as we can."

[Updated at 3:17 p.m.] The man suspected of taking at least one hostage at the Discovery Channel's headquarters entered the building's main entrance "wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back," a police spokesman said Wednesday. "He also pulled a handgun out and was waving a handgun."

Silver Spring Police Chief. Chief J. Thomas Manger said police haven't confirmed whether any shots were fired inside the building.

Manger said Lee has remained in first floor area of the Discovery building, where 1,900 employees work.

"We believe that most of them are out," Manger said. "There are a small number of hostages with him."

[Updated at 3:10 p.m.]

James Lee, the man suspected of taking a hostage at the Discovery Channel headquarters, is an environmental protester who has been publishing criticisms of the network, according to a senior law enforcement official close to the investigation.

An angry manifesto posted on a website called SaveThePlanetProtest.com repeatedly refers to humans as "filth" and demands that the Discovery Channel
"stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants."

"Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is," the 1,149-word statement says.

"Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture," it continues.

Lee also blasts immigration, farming, weapons of mass destruction, automotive pollution, "and the whole blasted human economy."

He demands that the Discovery Channel broadcast daily prime-time shows devoted to "solutions to save the planet," perhaps in a game-show format, insisting "Make it interesting so people watch and apply solutions!!!!"

Many of Lee's comments are directed at "the media," saying "You can reach enough people. It's your responsibility because you reach so many minds!!!"

"The world needs TV shows that DEVELOP solutions to the problems that humans are causing, not stupify the people into destroying the world. Not
encouraging them to breed more environmentally harmful humans," the manifesto says.

"These are the demands and sayings of Lee," the manifesto concludes.

[Updated at 2:51 p.m.] The man believed to be holding at least one hostage at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, has been identified as James Lee, a law enforcement source tells CNN.

"We can confirm that he is armed and he does have some sort of package with him," said Scott Graham of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire Department. Asked if that means Lee has as bomb, Graham said he could not say.

Police remain in contact with him, Graham said.

He said there have been unconfirmed reports of a shot fired, but there have been no reports of injuries. "It would be premature to speculate on any exact causes as to why this is occurring," he added.

He added that some people may remain in the building.

[Updated at 2:46 p.m.] Capt. Paul Starks said that police were in communication with the gunman, and that he was making some demands. The suspect had "concerns" with the Discovery Corporation, he said.

[Updated at 2:37 p.m.] CNN affiliate WJLA is reporting there was an ambulance on scene and a stretcher was seen being taken into the lobby.

[Updated at 2:34 p.m.] Lorie Rorae, an evacuated employee who worked on second floor, said security said to leave the building.

Rorae said the security officer said two colleagues were being held hostage.

Rorae said there was an announcement telling employees what to do and where to go.

"It was orderly," Rorae said.

[Updated at 2:31 p.m.] Montgomery County Police said they are speaking with a man who has taken a hostage. Police described the man's grudge the following way: "His beef is with Discovery."

"We are speaking with him now," police said.

[Updated at 2:31 p.m.] A witness, Lisa Lucas, told CNN affiliate WJLA that she and others outside of the building heard at least one gunshot from One Discovery Place. Friz said that to the best of his knowledge no shots had been fired by police.

[Updated at 2:19 p.m.] The Discovery Channel day care has been evacuated to a nearby area, according to CNN affiliate WJLA. The day care had about 100 kids, WJLA reported.

[Updated at 2:18 p.m.] The FBI's bomb techicians and ATF agents have been sent to the scene of the hostage situation in a Washington suburb, spokesmen from both agencies said.

[Updated at 2:17 p.m.] Renard Jenkins, who works across from the Discovery Channel headquarters where the hostage drama is unfolding, said he sees the mobilization of a bomb squad and a large armored vehicle pulling a trailer.

"Police are on high alert, positioning themselves behind columns, cars, anything that gives cover. All have their weapons drawn," Jenkins said. "From what we're seeing, everyone seems to be calm."

He said he cannot see into the lobby where the hostage-taking is apparently under way, but can see the activity immediately outside.

[Updated at 2:07 p.m.] CNN affiliate WJLA is reporting that police told them a man entered the lobby and may have fired a weapon and declared, "Nobody is going anywhere."

[Updated at 1:52 p.m.] A SWAT team and additional resources are responding, said Montgomery County police Cpl. Dan Friz. Authorities were trying to get in touch with the man believed to have taken a hostage.

It appears the man has some kind of explosive device on his person, Friz said. Fire marshals with explosives experience were assisting.

[Updated at 1:44 p.m.] The Discovery Channel sent an e-mail to all employees in the building at 1:21 p.m. telling them they "have reason to believe there is an armed gunman at One Discovery Place."

[Updated at 1:39 p.m.] At least one hostage is confirmed at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, police said.

[Posted at 1:34 p.m.] A police emergency response team was responding to reports of a man with a gun and possible explosives at the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, a police spokeswoman said.

Montgomery County police received the call at about 1 p.m., said Angela Cruz. The call came from One Discovery Place, the channel's headquarters.

The area has been evacuated, Cruz said. No further information was immediately available.

soundoff (520 Responses)
  1. Alex Winter

    Hope everyone makes it out of there OK.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Tim,

      Timothy McVeigh was a conservative right wing nutjob. Moral of this story? EVERY political party is going to have people on the fringe that go off the deep end. So shut up and stop the hate mongering, even though it's what you're best at.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Non Sheep

      Drastic Measures To Show The World Its True Problems Like The guy who flew the plane into the irs place earlier this year the public is getting sick of being played the revolution has become i hope no one gets hurt

      September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sardonic1

      crazy stuff...

      September 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Norris

      He is probably a PETA nut mad because the Discovery Channel doesn't show enough sad animals. He is going after the Food Network next...

      September 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Any one have his myspace or facebook?

      September 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby P

      I Guarantee this Nit-Wit doesn't have a bomb on him.....guarantee!!! TAKE HIM OUT!!!!!

      September 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of the Reich Wing

      It is incomprehensible that a person would take such drastic measures to get a point across. As far as being a left wing liberal how about simply a "deranged nut job". Just a reminder John Wilkes Booth was as far Reich as they get. Let's hope that everyone gets out ok.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ericha

      Mike H:

      Thank you for the laugh! I am in total agreement with you.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weasel

      FINALLY, someone else sick of "Kate Plus Eight."

      September 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What is funny is listening to CNN is how seriously they are taking the things this guy says from his manifesto. It's obvious the guy is a Paranoid Schizophrenic. He is mentally ill!

      September 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • that guy

      From what im hearing they are in the building on 7th floor, no contact made yet.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I hope the negotiators treat him with some respect. Looking at the situation, talking to him and negotiating should be able to end this with very few people getting killed. I hope the police do not act like the ones in the Phillipeans when all those very human tourists were killed last week. If they can help his anger go away and talk him through everything should be fine.
      There are better ways and strategies to save the planet than hostage taking, but until he calms down he won't see them. Like encouraging people to pick up trash through example, using less air conditioning in your own home and hoping others emulate, buying less processed foods and more fresh foods, and so on and so forth, Each step in the right direction has huge implications.
      If he is reading this, please don't kill anyone, talk to them, relax, and come up with ways to solve these serious issues without violence. Someone he is holding hostage may be (or become) a key person to helping save the earth.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Wow, this is a block from where I used to live. I just moved a week ago!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Wow I thought the Right wingers at the Beck Rally were going to be violent.... OOO no a left wing tree hugger is the violent one! Please left wing leaders tell your followers to remain calm and not to turn to violence!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arthur

      Man, looks like somebody didn't want Shark Week to end!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      So Steve... since this guy is apparently the responsibility of all liberals, when are YOU going to apologize for what McVeigh did to the Murrah building and all the people in it?

      September 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Prayer is just another way for people to think they're helping without actually doing anything. Only skilled negotiation or a surgically precise rescue attempt by the SWAT team will produce results.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      I HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM!! I GOT A SOURCE FROM MY UNCLE'S FRIEND!! http://tweetphoto.com/42692641

      September 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Come on all you great reporters, THE REAL STORY IS, "IS THIS MAN A MEMBER OF THE TEA PARTY?" You must know he has to be a far right Christian nut. No doubt he follows Sarah Palin. Come on get the story out there. You can do it.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      if captain america couldn't convince people, a game show won't.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • pplr crazy

      okay, so who wants to break the news to this guy that his family immigrated here! my god! he is asian! he cant be a native american!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lopaka Chow

      >Arthur

      Man, looks like somebody didn't want Shark Week to end!

      YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

      September 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      My Space page: http://www.myspace.com/worldguardian

      September 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      words from Lee:

      SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!)

      September 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      This Lee guy sounds just like Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger, who said: “We are failing to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . a dead weight of human waste . . .an ever-increasing spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.......The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

      September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Liberals loonies are all schizoids!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I hope everyone except the hostage taker gets out of their alive. I hope SWAT shoots him in the face. He's a terrorist.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Thanks, Bobby P, for your guarantee that he does not have a bomb. I feel so relieved when people post that they can guarantee something.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Som Ting Wong

      He looks very angry.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mundo Absurdo

      An ecoterrorist? A wingnut? Both? That is what I gathered from the rants on his website, which is still cached on Google. He also offered a $200,000 prize for an Ishmael inspired video on the YouTube IshTube group. Lee seems to think humanity is the problem and that mass liquidation is the solution. Presumably that would include himself. Seems completely nuts to me.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthurb3

      I think he needs to check himself as I must assume he reallizes that he got there in a vehicle powered by oil/gasoline, is wearing clothing made from syntheic fibers made from oil and the materials to make his gun came from a mine that destroyed land and forest, etc, etc.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Just a quick glance over this guys site, and his so called demands. Finally shows someone who actually realizes what the wrong with this country, and identifies some ideas on how to fix the problem. This country killed itself. I graduated highschool in 2007. 8 out 10 females that I went to school with, are not pregnant or have had 1 or more kids already. This country is showing that the cool thing to do is to have kids,kids,kids,kids. Especially females who do not go to school or work. This guy is just about right on everything that is happening. I applaud him for standing up.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inky

      What about Shark Week?

      September 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deam

      am wondering y the media has not linked him with Pakistan yet 😛

      September 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I also believe that human beings need a drastic reduction in the amout of offspring it produces in order to stabalize our planets' resource depletion. I don't agree in his methods of gaining attention to his cause.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • james lee is crazy.

      wow.....he did this because he really loves earth????? LOL

      September 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Wow, imagine that, he's got a handgun. How did he get one in there? I'll bet there's a big sign out in the lobby there at Discovery that says "No guns allowed", so what was this guy thinking, breaking the law like that? I recently got my handgun carry permit exactly in case I meet someone like this. I'll bet the employees there are not allowed to carry their guns to work and see where its got them now, as a powerless hostage. People, WAKE UP, it is exactly situations like this guy why we should ALL be able to protect ourselves with guns, everywhere, everyday. I'm not trying to sound like a gun nut, but this would have been over hours ago if just one of those hostages was allowed to carry their concealed weapon at work. "Gun free zones" only disarm the good, law abiding citizens, not guys like this. In fact, "Gun free zones" only encourage where these kind of hell bent psychos like to go to make their scene, because they know all the good guys won't be armed and they can just pull this kind of crap at will, because, who will stop them?

      Watch out for our 2nd Amendment rights. Without them, we'll see this kind of thing more often. Just look at Great Britian.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RK

      Could CNN tell its reporters to please stop calling the city Silver Springs? Silver Springs is the Stevie Nicks song, Silver Spring is the city in Maryland...

      September 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottbaker yo

      rick sanchez seemed SO appauled at this guy's idea that we as humans should stop proceating in order to make room for other species. i don't think that we should just STOP procreating, but there are many of us that believe we should question and check our responsibilty to this planet. we are the ONLY animal without a natureal habitat and we're the MOST overpopulated animal on this planet. they also seemed bothered by the fact that his myspace page siad it's time for REVOLUTION and immediately tied that word to violence. it IS time for a revolution, but sometimes revolution just means change in the way we think and function as a society. even Thomas Jefferson said that god forbid we go twenty years without rebellion and revolution. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
      time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. now i don't believe in god but other than that one word the man has a good point. aaaaand now someone report me to the cia. hahahaha 🙂

      September 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      He is definately crazy, I hope it all turns out okay with no one hurt. But did you read his statements? I hate to say it, but to be honest, he may be crazy, but hes not wrong. We are the worst thing that ever happened to this planet, and big tv networks are the only ones with the power to change people's minds on being more environmentally concious. Taking hostages is not exactly the best way to fight for his cause though.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mogu

      I don't understand what Moozelems have against the Discovery Channel.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • james lee is crazy.

      this is going to be a DISASTER.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. I hope for a positive outcome all around.
      I can't believe how far Discovery/TLC have fallen in their programming and it is no longer viewed at our house ever.
      I am no right wing christian conservative by ANY means; I would just rather view programming that was informative rather than seeing family after family glorified and seeing multiple children dragged in front of a tv screen...Are you paying attention Katie Irene Gosselin? Your days are numbered.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joshua

      Always gotta be one person snap and take stuff to the extreme to try and make their point. Cut down a tree with an old smoky chainsaw, make a sharp spear, tie it to the front of an SUV and ram this wacko thru the heart with it.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person In Dallas, TX

      Lee might be crazy to do what he's done, or he might have the right idea. He is doing what governments do when they want a change as drastic as what we may need to save our own civilization. Create enough leverage to persuade. Then again, what earth may do to us in retribution may be what's best for us as a civilization! I hope everyone makes it out safely from the Discovery building.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Makenzy Sample

      His method of getting his point across might not be the best but I believe he has a valid arguement. Humans are destroying this planet and no one is taking it seriously. I don't know if you guys realize this or not but this is our only home. Until we figure out a way to live on the moon or Mars, THE MEDIA and THE GOVERNMENT should step up and support our planet. Yes, he is an extremist but his ideas are not "delusional."

      September 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • emily

      so he's using explosives and violence to get his point across about war? Ironic.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeterB

      Police need to look into his whois listing for his website

      Registrant:
      James Lee c/o Free Private Reg
      P.O. Box 81024
      Burnaby, BC V5H 4K2
      CA

      Domain name: SAVETHEPLANETPROTEST.COM

      Administrative Contact:
      Lee, James
      P.O. Box 81024
      Burnaby, BC V5H 4K2
      CA
      852-3594-1708
      Technical Contact:
      Hostmaster, Domain
      Suite 210 – 3602 Gilmore Way
      Burnaby, BC V5G 4W9
      CA
      (604) 434-4307 Fax: (604) 608-6832

      September 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike monahan

      Will you label this guy a liberal , like he is ..i think not … if he was to the right on ploliicst I BET YOU WOULD PUT UP ON YOU SCREEN AS A “CONSERVATIVE”.. I TUNED IN JUST TO SEE..
      I thought so.. you double standard cowards

      September 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ricky badillo

      i understand that you have to cover the story but does someone want to tell this reporter not to give police swat and other law enforcement positions. he is putting everyone in danger, please inform him. I can believe that cnn could be so careless and reckless in its reporting

      September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Holland

      Why isn't this being reported as a "terrorist attack," or an "act of terror?" Here's why: The suspect is Asian-American, rather than Arab, and the media is consistently racist in its reporting of "Terrorism." The Caucasian-American who flew a plane into an IRS building was also a terrorist–never reported as such.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Another pathetic tree hugger gone awry and look at all the bleeding hearts here. "Oh I hope he gets better" "Oh we need ot talk to him", blah, blah, blah. Yeah, where was this disgusting bleeding heart drivel when a "right winger" commits some crazy act? Oh, that's right, it wasn't bleeding heart concern, it was out right hatred and insults, etc.

      You stupid libtards are such pathetic people.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richalene

      This post is directed to Rick Sanchez. I was unable to find where else to post this.

      Malthuse's hypothesis have to do with the carrying capacity of the land i.e., population size relative to the number of
      people the land can support. It does not say that people should stop reproducing to save the planet. His point was that
      if the population (he was referring to all species) reaches a size larger than what can be sustained by the land and resources available, those populations will begin to crash until they reach a size that can be supported by the resources available.

      Please stop referring to these theories as weird and off-the-wall, they are not. They are sound theories and referring to them otherwise shows a certain lack of education in the social sciences or anthropology. I do not, in ant way, mean this to be an endorsement of the suspect or his call for revolution.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Fitzwell

      I wonder if this guy likes the Bloodhound Gang Song-Nothing but Mammals........................You and me baby are nothing but mammals lets do it like they do on the discovery channel.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      LEFT WING WACKO!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • noway

      McVeigh was only mad because the ATF burned all those women and children up in Waco Texas.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Darby

      Lee is greatly in need of help...read his website and that becomes apparent. Looking at the WHOIS database shows he registered his website with a Burnaby, BC address. I wonder what the Canadian authorities have to say about this chap? Here is the website listing...http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/SaveThePlanetProtest.com

      September 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • proud

      There was a friend of mine in the lobby when he came in and there were shots (more than one) fired by the suspect. I love how stupid the police act on camera. Like no one involved will talk to reporters. "we cannot confirm shots were fired" "we cannot confirm if he is alive or dead" really so what you are saying is that you dont know what is going on and should probably not be in charge! geeze!

      September 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      No, only communist nutjobs like STALIN killed more people than at any other time in human history....He killed 30 MILLION PEOPLE...He was an atheist.

      If that is not DANGEROUS AND RADICALY, nothing is.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph B.

      to Mike:

      Timothy McVeigh was neither a conservative nor right wing and the groups he associated with weren't either. You would do good to study the issue before making those assumptions based on the msm – of which they would certainly want you to believe what you stated – obviously, they succeeded with you.

      September 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • debi mcowen

      As long as Mike Rowe is ok, I don't much care about the gunman but he could have really hurt the Discovery channel. Imagine the world with out Mike Rowe... I shudder

      September 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 1onlooker

    From our window in our office we can see everything including the construction on the Silver Spring metro.. Humm always something...

    September 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • chevy

      can you see anything else? can u see if people are inside the building?

      September 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fbx2Phx

      Can you see Russia from your office?

      September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Midwestmatt

    I've been in this building and done business with DCI. This is very scary and I sincerely hope no one is hurt.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AJ

    Some people have family in the building, not funny.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AnneSD

    Either that or a workplace dispute - someone mad at their manager or laid off or something. Unfortunately there are a lot of people that don't know how to handle disputes or frustration without violence.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug Ryan

    Not funny. I live right down the road and have friends that work around there. I take my daughter to the slash pad right across the street from the building. Show some compassion.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Brad you're an idiot, show some compassion. You know that the cops would not let a civi help in anyway. How about you and the other anons help by not being idiots.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Three Dog Mama

    I have a friend that works in that building. Please say prayers for all involved!

    September 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awkward

      I am praying for those who are in this dangerous situation

      September 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pat

    My friend just started working there this week. The people who weren't able to get out are on lockdown. Conference rooms etc. Haven't heard back from him in a bit though...hope everyone there is safe.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Thom

    I'm glad you people think this is funny. I have friends at work in that building.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • David mann

      not for long.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatnext

    iReport: Are you there? Send photos, video – See if you can interview the guy with explosives on his person.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Natasha

    I was right outside the building when shots were fired. Its a serious situation

    September 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Amendments 1AND 2

    This is ANOTHER example of why strict gun laws in Maryland (and every other Liberal state) prevent nothing except honest, mentally stable Americans from defending themselves from dishonest, mentally unstable people.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      No. More than likely this guy is a legal gun owner who snapped, as is usually the case in these situations.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • davey

      Agreed. As I watch this drag on from my desk in NYC all I can think of is that if the same were to happen here my recourse would be to either sit as a hostage or hit him with my laptop. No one could benefit from my military background or my prowess with a handgun. It is locked up at home....

      September 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Because I'm sure all of the discovery employees would have shot the guy had the government not destroyed our right to bear arms. Really... To say that this is a result of gun control is just idiotic.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      So you want people to shoot at the guy with a bomb? Does that sound like a good plan to you? You're an idiot. Instead of letting the cops resolve this, you want an armed shootout in an office building.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan the Man

      >> This is ANOTHER example of why strict gun laws in Maryland (and every other Liberal state) prevent nothing except honest, mentally stable Americans from defending themselves from dishonest, mentally unstable people.

      Great idea! Because crime NEVER happens in gun-friendly states (DC Sniper, VA Tech massacre, Columbine High School in Colorado, IRS attack in Texas, etc.)

      September 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirl

      What does that have to do with this situation? What would the people who are working at the Discovery Channel be doing with guns at work?
      I guess any fool with an agenda is going to use this as a platform for their opinions about stuff that has NOTHING to do with what is happening at the Discovery Channel.
      People like you end up doing the kind of thing that James Lee is. Take your meds!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MM22

      dan: "Great idea! Because crime NEVER happens in gun-friendly states (DC Sniper, VA Tech massacre, Columbine High School in Colorado, IRS attack in Texas, etc.)"

      You're asking for an unattainable perfection in society and the law, which is why your argument is falls flat on its face.

      The idea is that in gun free zones (schools, government buildings, etc.) armed criminals, would-be mass murderers, etc. effectively have free reign. Why? Because there will be no one there to stop them.

      In states that have right to carry laws the hope is that criminals will at least be deterred from committing major crimes because won't know who is armed and who can fight back.

      And because most law abiding citizens rarely fly off the handle, much less go on murderous rampages, the chances of there being "more gun crime" is unfounded. After all, if introducing a weapon into a situation is likely to result in more violence and injuries, wouldn't we just as quickly see disgruntled employees commit mass shootings as mass stabbing raids with office supplies?

      You have to remember, the person who's going to go crazy and kill others is going to go crazy and kill others regardless of the laws.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Rrrriiiiggghhhtttt Ben, just so's all the libtards can cry for more gun control and show this idiot as an example. I know how it works with the libtards.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Timma

    bah, this is nothing... try posting something serious on 4chan sometime

    September 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Krista

    I suspect they'd (the Muslims) laugh at you. You'd be calling god a liar... their name for God being Allah. Maybe you'd offend the more of you said Mohammad was a liar. But I doubt you'll get a different reaction from a conservative Muslim than you would a conservative Christian

    September 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nathan

    ...sorry to burst your bubble, but Jon Gosselin used to work for TLC, not the discovery channel. But ignorance is bliss, and you guys appear to be content with it....

    September 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Isn't TLC part of the Discovery channel?? I think it is!

      September 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Discovery owns TLC...who's ignorant now?

      September 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon

      I wonder if this guy was a muslim! how the media and everyone will react? So, now Asian people are terroristt too?

      September 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      he is part of a christian community....

      September 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • vanessa

      You are linking this to religion why???? There are plenty of bad things sprouting from religion, but this isn't one of them. Your comment sucks.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Uhh no hes not. Hes clearly atheist. He says humans are filth and that the discovery channel shouldnt encourage civilization human breeding. Thats the opposite of what most christians believe.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      In fact its official now. He is a confirmed atheist. Im watching the thing live.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Atheists don't go around killing people. This guy is just off his meds!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      It looks like every group has their terrorists. Even athiests.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      1 crazed man who happens to be athiest or thousands of Christian and Muslim terrorists

      September 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knight of Malta

      Stalin killed 30 million of his own people. He was an atheist.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      Stalin was a great man, despite white you right ring a–holes say. He killed people for the greater good. He sacrificed. Something you guys wouldn't understand beacuse you are so greedy and self-serving.

      Ps. Jesus was a communist.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      I don't think Jesus was a communist, but he did encourage those who have plenty to help those who do not–but not as a government-structured effort. I don't think any form of government is "best"–they all have their dark side. The U.S. uses a mix of socialist and capitalist practices that changes over time in response to situations as they arise. I see China, for example, is doing this as well. You have a good point, though. The only way to make providing for the poor sustainable is to reduce the population. And this guy, sadly, realizes it, too, but apparently reached a frustration level such that he snapped.

      September 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      Stalin and Mao Zedong were both atheists who killed millions. Kim Jong Ill is also atheist. And I dont know of any christian terrorists. Mabey a few. But there arent thousands of muslim terrorists there are millions. And total this is Obamas fault.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Such non-sequitur....

      September 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Maybe he should have taken you hostage!

      September 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR

      People go around killing people, idiot. Regardless of religion or lack thereof.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      Atheists don't kill people? Bwhahaha! The biggest killers of all time were atheists. Stalin alone killed 60 million people, and he's by no means the only one.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Most likely he loathes Christians. They teach man to multiply and replenish the Earth, remember? I would bet he despises all organized religion. But it is man's nature to believe in something higher. So people devoid of true religion diefy the environment.

      September 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoTax

      Look like he is not white angry man and have liberal ideology. Am I right?

      September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • hindqtr

      Easy Kate....

      September 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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