In case you haven't heard, a gunman has taken a hostage at Discovery headquarters. He reportedly has "tanks" on his back which may or may not be a bomb. Hopefully not. On the news they are saying the gunman, an Asian male (Lee???), may be an ex-employee. The daycare has been evacuated but a lot of employees are still in the building.
The newscasters are saying it could be related to threats over Whale Wars somehow, but I would be quite surprised if that was the case. The disgruntled ex-employee scenario seems more plausible.
UPDATE: WUSA Channel 9 is saying it IS Lee!! (Though on what claim this is based, I have no idea.)
UPDATE @2:30: Employees going home now.
UPDATE @2:44: Now NBC is saying Lee is the suspect.
UPDATE @2:55: Here's some old posts on Lee and his protest.
UPDATE @4:24: Lee is still going strong. He may have more than one hostage.
UPDATE @5:04: Well, it's over. The cops shot Lee when he came out of the building and whatever 'device' he had on his back went off at that time. The three hostages are safe and out of the building.
The police claim they "don't know" if Lee was alive or dead (how do they not?). A reporter actually asked in the press conference, "Is he in once piece?"
Let's hope he's not dead. He is/was clearly a very disturbed person but doesn't/didn't deserve to die, no matter how bad my evening commute ends up being.
UPDATE @5:27: By far the best phrase uttered by reporters in this whole thing: "the robot just went down the street".
UPDATE @5:29: Lee is dead. FATALITY.