[Breaking] Gunman Holds Discovery Building Hostage

Many are tweeting and texting from inside the Discovery Building in downtown Silver Spring, where a gunman is keeping workers there hostage.

The unidentified man is said to have firearm and explosives. According to Montgomery County Police, the gunman told workers there that they’re not going anywhere.

Police have closed surrounding streets.

We have conflicting reports that the building is being evacuated although our contact inside the building said they are hiding.

We’ll have more as the story develops.

Update (2:46 p.m.): Several news reports are saying the gunman is now in hostage. He has been identified as James Jay Lee and has a history of protesting the Discovery channel. With an extremist list of demands such as, “All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions.”

Workers from inside Discovery captured a picture of the shooter.

Discovery workers have been told they cannot return to the building for the day and it’s suggested they head home.

A stretcher was rolled into the Discovery building, probably meaning that someone is hurt although that is not confirmed.

Lee is now in Montgomery County police custody. Police are now making floor sweeps to ensure all employees are safe.