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Sep 1, 2010 3:06 PM by Greg Boyce

Gunman takes hostage at Discovery Channel headquarters

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Police in a Washington, D.C., suburb say a gunman has taken at least one person hostage at the headquarters of Discovery Channel networks.
Capt. Paul Starks says the suspect has what he called "concerns" with the Discovery Corp., but he would not say if the man works there now or worked there in the past. He would not say whether anybody has been hurt.

Montgomery County fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia says three bomb technicians responded to the scene in Silver Spring, Md., and several more are on their way.

Garcia says the initial report was of a suspicious package that was possibly explosive. He says nobody has been injured. Some employees have left the building.People on the eighth and ninth floors of the building in the close-in suburb of Washington were safely evacuated, as were children in the Discovery Kids Place day care center, police said, adding that nobody was known to have been injured.

Law enforcement authorities said they were talking to the man, whom they identified as James Jay Lee, who is in his early 40s, a longtime protester at the building who sentenced to six months of supervised probation for disorderly conduct in March 2008.

 

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