Hostage situation at Discovery Channel ends (UPDATE: SUSPECT DEAD)

Posted by: ST on September 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Multiple news outlets are reporting on a hostage standoff at the Discovery Channel in Maryland that apparently just ended w/ the gunman being shot:

A man known for protesting the Discovery Channel stormed the network’s Maryland headquarters carrying a handgun on Wednesday, taking a “small number” of hostages while appearing to have a bomb strapped to his chest, police said.

The Montgomery County Police Department said Wednesday that they are negotiating with the man who is holding hostages on the ground floor of the building in Silver Spring, Md., a suburb directly north of Washington, D.C.

Discovery Communications told Fox News that the gunman is James Jay Lee of San Diego, Calif., a man well-known to Discovery employees with a history of protesting the network. Maryland police, however, have not yet confirmed the suspect’s identity.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters Wednesday that a male suspect entered the building and waved a handgun at approximately 1 p.m. Manger would not confirm how many shots, if any, were fired inside the building.

“We have no reports of injuries at this point,” Manger said. “At this point, we’re still negotiating with him.”

One witness reported to Fox News that the suspect was wearing a vest that appeared to have two pipe bombs strapped to it.

Manger said the gunman was wearing “what appeared to be metallic canister devices” when he entered the building.

“The man told everyone to just stay still,” Manger said.


The suspect is believed to have distributed a manifesto outside the building several weeks ago that called on the Discovery Channel to “broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet.”

“All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions,” the list of demands read.

“In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.”

Thomas Leonard, Lee’s brother-in-law, told Fox News that Lee became a “darker type of character” after some deaths in the family and said he believed Lee was capable of killing.

Leonard described Lee as “talented but misguided” and said his “spirit took a nose-dive” in recent months.

I’m reading conflicting reports on Twitter as to whether the apparent eco-terrorist survived after being shot. Mary Katharine Hammer is watching the presser and the authorities are saying that they think all the hostages are safe and that no one outside of the gunman was injured. They’re checking the building for several more “suspicious packages.”

If you want to read Lee’s “manifesto” you can click here and here. The website it was posted on is still up at this point but I suspect it will be taken down soon.

Glad to know that the hostages are now safe and that the thug has either been taken down or is in police custody at this hour. I’ll also be interested to see how the leftosphere spins this into being the “Rethuglicans” fault since it looks like this guy was/is a pretty fanatical radical left winger.

Stay tuned …

Update – 5:22 PM: NBC is reporting that Lee is dead.

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10 Responses to “Hostage situation at Discovery Channel ends (UPDATE: SUSPECT DEAD)”


  1. DavidL says:

    A dead terrorist is good terrorist. Somebody ought to sue Al Gore for provoking these nut cases.

  2. Carlos says:

    Oh, come on, DavidL, this guy was obviously a very tolerant leftist who got confused and wouldn’t hurt a fly. Such a big exception to the normal leftwingnut diversity crowd because you never, ever hear of leftists being violent, do you?

    I guess it’s just one less TEA partiers need to worry about.

  3. Peter says:

    I wouldn’t mind these idiots killing themselves, I just wish they wouldn’t use police as their instruments of death. Up until the 1950s an officer taking out a bed guy was a hero for taking out a bad guy. Somehow that changed and it’s now a big deal and, no matter how justified, a black spot on the officer’s copybook.

    I remember when police departments and other law enforcement agencies all had some real, old fashioned gunfighters, men like Charlie Askins, Jelly Bryce and Jim Cirillo. Today an officer who has been involved in a couple of shooting is looked at as a problem. Notice how much more peaceful life in the USA is since those days?

    Come on, nutjobs! There are plenty of guns, even more knives, pills aplenty, lots of tall buildings and cliffs. If you want so badly to die, man up and do the job yourselves!

  4. Kate says:

    Obviously missing in the retinue of coverage….this guy became unbalanced AFTER watching Al Gore’s movie….I think a lawsuit by the family is in order. Let’s see if Al will debate now?

    And…how did such an obviously mentally unbalance person create bombs and get a firearm? Aren’t there laws in MD or wherever he is from that ban anyone with any kind of mental incapacitation to acquire a firearm? Why didn’t the laws protect us? (Rhetorical questions)

    It’s obvious that NBC/Discovery Channel knew this person and were aware of his protestations….why couldn’t they deal with him? How did it get to this point?

  5. Carlos says:

    Why is it that, even if called to defend his re-education piece of crap, Algore will be let off “because one can’t be held responsible for the actions of a demented man who happened to see it”, but the media is hyping the idea that the 1/2 million or so who went to hear Beck last weekend are permanently damaged and all in danger of attacking the world at large at any moment?

    I know the liberal mind can justify all that in their own minds, but to this poor country boy it just doesn’t make a lick of sense.

    And Peter, y’all must be as old as I am, remembering some of those things!

  6. Amy says:

    Peter….some of us still consider them heros for taking out the bad guys. This guy’s religion was the environment. Al Gore no more believes that crap he writes or that spews out of his mouth, if he did he wouldn’t be flying around in jets which produce more carbon monoxide than the truck I drive and uses way more fuel for one trip. He is just profitting off the environmental hot buttons of today. He’s no different that the Revvvvv. Sharpton who plays the race card all the time….whores is what we call them. Race whores and now the environment whores. Given up to the highest bidder.

  7. Carlos says:

    This, on Yahoo! News, from Jeremy Hsu at LiveScience:

    “Some scientists have speculated that effects of humans – from hunting to climate change – are fueling another great mass extinction.”

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh my gosh! We’re all going to perish if the intelligent people of the world don’t take total control of EVERYTHING and protect us from ourselves!

    Amy’s so spot-on. They’re all whores.

  8. Carlos says:

    Actually, the next-to-last line should read: We’re all going to perish if the intelligent people of the world don’t take total control of EVERYTHING and protect you from yourselves!