James Jay Lee, a radical environmentalist with a gun, a grudge and possibly carrying an explosive device, is holed up at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, taking hostages and demanding to speak with executives.
Discovery Channel gunman James Jay Lee.
Lee recently published a manifesto listing demands to the network, including to stop "encouraging the birth of parasitic human infants." Lee also lashes out about the Discovery Channel programs promoting war and technology.
After he entered the building earlier today, an employee told a local TV station, "We heard, pop, pop, pop, pop." A day care center in the building has been evacuated.
The SWAT team is on scene, where the drama has been unfolding since 1 p.m. Lee is still holding hostages, a small group whose specific numbers are unknown.James Jay Lee was ordered to a mental institution after a 2008 environmental protest, during which he was arrested for disorderly conduct and later pleaded guilty.
The protest two years ago involved him allegedly trying to draw a crowd by throwing money all over the sidewalk. Instead, it ended with him being thrown in jail.
Now he's back, and tragically, the situation is far more grave this time.
** UPDATE, 7:20 EST: Police shot and killed Lee without any hostages being harmed. The hostages have subsequently been released. Thank goodness.