The gunman has been preliminarily identified as James Lee, an ardent protestor of the Discovery Channel. Authorities are currently negotiating with the gunman who had previously been arrested at a Discovery Building in San Diego.
From Fox News:
A man known for protesting the Discovery Channel stormed the network’s Maryland headquarters carrying a handgun a gun 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.
Dan Friz, a spokesman with the Montgomery County Police Department, told Fox News that police were initially dispatched to the building after a report of shots fired at approximately 1 p.m.