Gunman at Discovery HQs was radical environmentalist
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Gunman at Discovery HQs was radical environmentalist

A gunman, who took three hostages in the US headquarters of Discovery channel in Washington on Wednesday, was a radical environmentalist. Lee had a gun and was apparently fitted with explosives. He wanted Discovery to air show urging people to stop having babies and had grudge against them for not doing so. In pics

world Updated: Sep 02, 2010 11:46 IST

A gunman had taken three hostages on Wednesday, waving a gun and apparently fitted out with explosives in the US headquarters of Discovery channel in Washington.

James Jay Lee of San Diego was armed and reportedly had several bombs strapped to his body "ready to go off." He was later shot and killed by police after a tense four-hour standoff at the Discovery Channel's headquarters.

Who was he?

James Lee, 43, was a radical environmentalist who railed against the Discovery Channel for years. A website registered under the name of James Lee contained demands that Discovery air programming urging people to stop having babies, which he says is leading to the overpopulation of the planet. He reprotedly had a grudge with Discovery because they ignored his this idea for a TV show.

Lee was arrested in February 2008 after throwing money into the air in a protest outside the Discovery building, the Montgomery County Gazette reported that year. He was fined $500 for throwing money into the air during the protest and being arrested at the demonstration.

Discovery Channel spokesman David Leavy said company officials were familiar with Lee, but the company "did not take his threats or demands seriously."

Lee was linked to a manifesto that was posted on the internet, CNN said citing a source close to the investigation.

The angry 1,149-word manifesto said in part, "Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture."

During the negotiations, Lee exhibited a "range of emotions," Manger said. At times, he was agitated and at times he was calm, but he never strayed far from his grievance against Discovery, he said.

First Published: Sep 02, 2010 11:31 IST