Reports: Hostage Situation at Discovery Building in Silver Spring, MD
1:50 PM, Sep 1, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
This started popping up on Twitter a few minutes ago, and now Fox News is reporting there's a full SWAT team at the scene. The Washington Post has a short write-up with the scant details:
The building has been evacuated, but there are also conflicting reports of some employees still sheltering in offices. The police cannot confirm shots fired by the suspect, but several people inside the building report hearing shots fired.
Update: The police are saying the suspect is an Asian male. Fox has a source inside the building saying there is more than one hostage.
Update: Local news Channel 9, WUSA reports on its Twitter account that the gunman's demands can be found here, at www.savetheplanetprotest.com. They don't explain how they came to know that, but it's a very disjointed wacko environmentalist, anti-military, overpopulation alarmism rant.
Update: If it's the Save the Planet Protest guy, here's a DCist blog post poking fun at him from 2008. His name is Lee, and this has been a long-time crusade, it seems.