Police: Gunman inside Discovery building – wtop.com

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Police: Gunman inside Discovery building

September 1, 2010 – 2:52pm

Montgomery County Police (Adam Tuss/WTOP Photo)

“Police have absolutely saturated the area,” WTOP’s Kate Ryan reports. (Adam Tuss/WTOP Photo)

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A gunman has entered the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring and has taken at least one person hostage, Montgomery County Police say.

Police say the man walked into the lobby around 1 p.m. Wednesday. He is reportedly carrying explosives.

The building has been evacuated.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Dan Friz tells Channel 7 that a tactical team is trying to get in touch with the gunman, who is being monitored on closed circuit TV.

The suspect has what he called “concerns” with the Discovery Corp., but he would not say if the man works there now or worked there in the past, Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks says.

Sources tell WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green that the suspect has been a frequent protester of Discovery Communications and may have a list of demands on the Internet.

Law enforcement sources tell WTOP the suspect may have a propane tank strapped to him.

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