Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage

Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 2:00pm CDT

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Editor's Note: Seibertron.com doesn't normally cover real world news outside of the Transformers hobby, but this one's kind of related. Earlier this year, Hasbro and Discovery Communications announced a joint venture together called The Hub.

Earlier today, a gunman, named James Lee, took the Discovery Channel's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland (outside of Washington, DC) hostage. The gunman is an activist with a slew of demands he wants broadcast that he feels will "save the planet". Authorities are assuming that the gunman, armed with a handgun, also has an explosive device due to a shiny object the gunman has. At this time, we are unable to verify whether or not The Hub is based out of this building. If it is, then this clearly is Transformers news related. We'll keep you posted in this topic as more information becomes available.

Other official news sources:

CNN: Officials: Suspect holding hostages at Discovery Channel

SyFy: Gunman takes one hostage in US

Washington Post: Suspect was barred from Discovery Bldg.

Entertainment Weekly: Armed man holding a hostage at Discovery Channel's headquarters

Crepinc.com: Gunman's list of demands

Google News: Discovery in Google News

Credit(s): Various sources ...


This article was last modified on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 2:05pm CDT

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Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120254)
Posted by TeletranPrime on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:09pm CDT
I live like 30 minutes from there, not good
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120255)
Posted by Wheeljack35 on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:15pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:Editor's Note: Seibertron.com doesn't normally cover real world news outside of the Transformers hobby, but this one's kind of related. Earlier this year, Hasbro and Discovery Communications announced a joint venture together called The Hub.

Earlier today, a gunman, named James Lee, took the Discovery Channel's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland (outside of Washington, DC) hostage. The gunman is an activist with a slew of demands he wants broadcast that he feels will "save the planet". Authorities are assuming that the gunman, armed with a handgun, also has an explosive device due to a shiny object the gunman has. At this time, we are unable to verify whether or not The Hub is based out of this building. If it is, then this clearly is Transformers news related. We'll keep you posted in this topic as more information becomes available.

Other official news sources:

CNN: Officials: Suspect holding hostages at Discovery Channel

SyFy: Gunman takes one hostage in US

Washington Post: Suspect was barred from Discovery Bldg.

Entertainment Weekly: Armed man holding a hostage at Discovery Channel's headquarters

Crepinc.com: Gunman's list of demands

Google News: Discovery in Google News



Why does Entertainment Weekly and SYFY Chanel doing this?

This isn't fluff story
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120256)
Posted by Pyrostrata on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:23pm CDT
Wow! Not what I expected to see when I go to check TF news, but I see the relevancy of it!


Hope no one gets hurt in the end.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120258)
Posted by Editor on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:30pm CDT
A) I hope that this all ends well, with everone involved safe.

B) Editor's note ?!? I don't remember writing that......
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120259)
Posted by Blurrz on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:31pm CDT
Someone needs to stop this man. He's just got a web of shit in his brain. .
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120260)
Posted by Forgotten on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:33pm CDT
Hope all goes well. And when are these enviromental activists/extremists going to learn they're not helping the cause, they're hurting it.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120265)
Posted by Sky-Quake on September 1st, 2010 @ 2:52pm CDT
I'm sure the police will solve this matter in a few hours maybe one involving a sniper rifle wink wink :twisted:
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120270)
Posted by REGIFISHY on September 1st, 2010 @ 3:05pm CDT
Oh, that would REALLY put a damper on your day.

I Hope that the swat team arrives soon.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120271)
Posted by ImperiaxPrime on September 1st, 2010 @ 3:08pm CDT
While I realize that this guy is a wacko, and his methods have negated any hope for his demands, I have to agree with his anti-breeding & weapons whoring points. I couldn't help but hear invader Zim's voice when I read his demands. "Filthy worm babies." :lol:

Seriously though. I hope no one is harmed by this nut bag.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120281)
Posted by Shadowman on September 1st, 2010 @ 3:48pm CDT
I don't know which is a worse idea, thinking humans should go extinct though abstinence, or thinking taking a bunch of innocent people hostage would help promote your cause.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120285)
Posted by Malicron on September 1st, 2010 @ 3:53pm CDT
Crazy guy shot, hostages safe; all is once more well with the world.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120288)
Posted by Mr O on September 1st, 2010 @ 3:58pm CDT
Screwloose death-wish nutcase. I'm a million miles away and glad for those closer that it's over.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... rters.html
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120293)
Posted by Delicon on September 1st, 2010 @ 4:15pm CDT
To update an earlier story, the crisis at Discovery Communications HQ is now officially over. Thankfully, everyone appears to be safe now, other than the gunman himself.

Here is an excerpt of the latest news, courtesy of AOL.

(Sept. 1) -- Police snipers this afternoon shot dead a gunman carrying a backpack full of possible explosives and freed the three people he had been holding hostage inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Md., authorities said.

All three hostages were safe, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said. He initially said police had shot the suspect but he did not know the man's condition. Police later confirmed the gunman was dead.


Seibertron.com's Delicon has been able to confirm that The Hub offices are in fact located in the same building as his brother-in-law is a Discovery employee who works at the same location.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120294)
Posted by Pyrostrata on September 1st, 2010 @ 4:19pm CDT
Oh well. One less fruitcake sucking up our good air.

Glad to see the hostages came out unscathed.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120298)
Posted by REGIFISHY on September 1st, 2010 @ 4:31pm CDT
AHAHAHAHAHAH, Good riddance!
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120307)
Posted by SlyTF1 on September 1st, 2010 @ 4:59pm CDT
I just heard about this on the news a few minutes ago. I wonder what his motive was.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120309)
Posted by Dinobot747 on September 1st, 2010 @ 5:03pm CDT
I read his demands. What a whacko. Kinda sad things didn't end well for him though.
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120319)
Posted by Shadowman on September 1st, 2010 @ 5:29pm CDT
REGIFISHY wrote:AHAHAHAHAHAH, Good riddance!


Yeah, death is hilarious.

SlyTF1 wrote:I just heard about this on the news a few minutes ago. I wonder what his motive was.


Among other things, he demanded the Discovery Channel and TLC show more "eco friendly" programs, as well as adopting his views of what "eco friendly" actually means, which happens to include people no longer breeding "filthy human infants."
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120333)
Posted by BattleRoller23 on September 1st, 2010 @ 5:59pm CDT
This man actually has a myspace! I have seen it before!
Re: Gunman takes Discovery Communications HQ hostage (1120336)
Posted by Mindmaster on September 1st, 2010 @ 6:16pm CDT
Thank God they're OK. I really don't like hearing about hostage situations, and tears me to pieces every time I hear one. Thank God that the hostages were unharmed. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:

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