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Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The 2010 Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis occurred on September 1, 2010. It began at 1 PM Eastern Standard Time, when 43-year-old James Jay Lee entered the Discovery Communications headquarters building in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, with a handgun and fired at least one shot.[1][2] The Montgomery County Police Department confirmed that Lee had an explosive device and was holding a small number of people hostage in the lobby.[1][3] The building was placed on lockdown and most of the 1,900 employees were evacuated.[3] Children from a day care center inside were safely removed to a nearby restaurant.[1] The police began to communicate with Lee soon after the incident began.[1] The Montgomery County police chief, J. Thomas Manger, said that the police were "trying to get him to release the hostages and surrender peacefully".[3]

Lee was shot by policemen at 4:48 pm.[4] The remaining hostages were immediately freed.[5]

Perpetrator[]

James Jay Lee (1967 – September 1, 2010) was born to a Korean-American father and a Japanese mother, in LA and raised in Hawaii,[6] was an environmental protester who, in 2008, was given six months of supervised probation and fined $500 after he was arrested during a protest outside the Discovery Communications headquarters. He published criticisms of the network in an online manifesto at savetheplanetprotest.com[2] among which was a demand for the company to cease the broadcasting of television series displaying or encouraging the birth of "parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions".[7]

His manifesto also railed against "immigration pollution and anchor baby filth", leading commentators such as Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center to decry Lee as an "eco-fascist".[8]

Lee was inspired in his opinions by the works of Daniel Quinn and former US Vice President Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth[9].

Twitter[]

The Washington Post credits the Twitter community for initially breaking this story.[10] Around the start of the incident, Twitter users were posting information and photos, and it was these posts that set the mainstream media in motion.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Armed Man With Bomb Takes at Least One Hostage in Discovery Channel Building". Fox. September 1, 2010. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/01/maryland-police-respond-hostage-situation-man-gun-enters-building/. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Suspect in Maryland hostage situation published angry online manifesto". CNN. September 1, 2010. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/09/01/maryland.discovery.suspect/?hpt=Sbin#fbid=GouODzfd7D_&wom=false. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Robbins, Liz; Stelter, Brian (September 1, 2010). "Gunman Takes Hostage in Maryland". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/us/02discovery.html?partner=rss&emc=rss. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  4. Morse, Dan (September 1, 2010). "Environmental militant slain at Silver Spring building after taking hostages". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/01/AR2010090103911.html. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  5. "Hostages Safe as Police Shoot Maryland Gunman". The New York Times. 1 September 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/09/01/us/AP-US-Discovery-Channel-Gunman.html?hp. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  6. "[An interview with the gunman's family : the Gunman was born to a Korean-American father and a Japanese mother]" (in Korean). American Joongang Ilbo. September 2, 2010. http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?art_id=1080972.  (Translation)
  7. Theresa Vargas (September 1, 2010; 3:54 PM). "James J. Lee is suspect in Discovery hostage case, officials say". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/01/AR2010090104364.html. 
  8. Mark Potok (September 1, 2010). "Apparent Eco-Terrorist Holding Hostages at TV Building". Hatewatch (blog), Southern Poverty Law Center. http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/09/01/apparent-eco-terrorist-holding-hostages-at-tv-building/. 
  9. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38957020/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
  10. Paul Farhi (September 1, 2010). "Twitter breaks story on Discovery Channel gunman". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/01/AR2010090105987.html. 

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