UPDATED: Gunman Hostage Situation at the Discovery Channel Building

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 10:  Host Josh Bernstein of 'Into the Unkown with Josh Bernstein' speaks during day three of the Discovery Channel 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel July 10, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A gunman, believed to also be armed with explosives, entered the Discovery Channel building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland today around 1 pm and fired off shots in the lobby. At this time, the SWAT team is there, trying to enter the building and remove the gunman. The daycare on the premises of the Discovery Channel headquarters has been evacuated to the MacDonald's across the street.

As reported by ABC News,

Capt. Paul Starks said the gunman was an Asian man who had what may be an explosive device strapped to his body. Starks said there "may be other potential devices" with the gunman. The captain said, "His beef is with Discovery."

On Twitter, the following manifesto was linked to, with people claiming it was written by the gunman. It begins by stating,

The Discovery Channel and it's affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other's inventive ideas. Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution. A game show format contest would be in order. Perhaps also forums of leading scientists who understand and agree with the Malthus-Darwin science and the problem of human overpopulation. Do both. Do all until something WORKS and the natural world starts improving and human civilization building STOPS and is reversed! MAKE IT INTERESTING SO PEOPLE WATCH AND APPLY SOLUTIONS!!!!

On Twitter, the news poured out in spurts.

UPDATE: According to CNN, "Suspect in Discovery Channel standoff shot and in custody; all three hostages are safe, police chief says."

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