Update: The police shot and killed the suspect just before 5pm, according to The Washington Post. One explosive device went off, and officers were concerned for the hostages’ safety.
There isn’t much additional information, except that the dead man’s name is James Lee, and that he had been tangling with the Discovery Channel for years. A restraining order had been issued to keep him off the premises, but he returned.
A nutcase environmentalist with a gun has holed up in the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland, and claims he has a bomb. According to FOX News:
Armed Man With Bomb Takes at Least One Hostage in Discovery Channel Building
DEVELOPING: Police in Maryland are responding to a hostage situation after reports that a man with a handgun entered the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring and fired at least one shot.
An official with the Montgomery County Police Department confirmed to Fox News that a man with an explosive device is holding at least one person hostage in the lobby of the building.
A Discovery employee reportedly told WJLA-TV that the building, located in suburban Washington, D.C., was on lockdown. The employee also said she thought she had heard five or six gunshots.
Dan Friz, a spokesman with the Montgomery County Police Department, reportedly told the station that a tactical team is trying to communicate with the gunman.
Friz said police were initially dispatched to the building after a report of shots fired at approximately 1 p.m.
The suspect, identified by police as an Asian male, has “some sort of device on him that may be explosive in nature,” Friz told the station.
Some witnesses reported that the man fired a shot before declaring, “Nobody is going anywhere,” according to police.
Note: “Asian” in an American context is more likely to mean “Chinese or Japanese” than “Pakistani”, as would be the case in Britain. Based on the photo here, this is almost certainly the case.
The perp appears to be an adherent of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, based on the demands posted on his website (I can’t get the page to come up, but Weasel Zippers has a mirror):
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The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Discovery Channel and it’s affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn’s “My Ishmael” pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other’s inventive ideas. Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution. A game show format contest would be in order. Perhaps also forums of leading scientists who understand and agree with the Malthus-Darwin science and the problem of human overpopulation. Do both. Do all until something WORKS and the natural world starts improving and human civilization building STOPS and is reversed! MAKE IT INTERESTING SO PEOPLE WATCH AND APPLY SOLUTIONS!!!!
2. All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. 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.
3. All programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease. There is no sense in advertising weapons of mass-destruction anymore. Instead, talk about ways to disassemble civilization and concentrate the message in finding SOLUTIONS to solving global military mechanized conflict. Again, solutions solutions instead of just repeating the same old wars with newer weapons. Also, keep out the fraudulent peace movements. They are liars and fakes and had no real intention of ending the wars. ALL OF THEM ARE FAKE! On one hand, they claim they want the wars to end, on the other, they are demanding the human population increase. World War II had 2 Billion humans and after that war, the people decided that tripling the population would assure peace. WTF??? STUPIDITY! MORE HUMANS EQUALS MORE WAR!
…For every human born, ACRES of wildlife forests must be turned into farmland in order to feed that new addition over the course of 60 to 100 YEARS of that new human’s lifespan! THIS IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FOREST CREATURES!!!! All human procreation and farming must cease!
It would be nice for everyone involved if this fruitcake were to voluntarily extinguish himself. But it never works that way, does it?
Hat tip: KGS.