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Dowtown Silver Spring Hostage Situation

James L. Lee entered the Discovery building armed and took three hostages September 1 in Downtown Silver Spring.

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Armed gunman James L. Lee entered the Discovery Building in Downtown Silver Spring Wednesday September 1.

Armed gunman James L. Lee entered the Discovery Building in Downtown Silver Spring Wednesday September 1.1Picture by Lorena KowalewskiAccording to The Washington Post, police believed Lee was wearing explosives on his body. Security around Ellsworth Dr. cleared people off of the sidewalk and away from the area.2Picture by Lorena KowalewskiA police car drives down Colesville Road. The street was closed off to all other traffic.3Picture by Lorena KowalewskiA police officer directs traffic at at a blocked off intersection at Georgia and Cameron.4Picture by Lorena KowalewskiThis policeman talks to a man trying to reach the Metro. People had to take a roundabout route to reach the subway system.5Picture by Lorena KowalewskiA large group of press waits together across from the Discovery Building.6Picture by Lorena KowalewskiPolice kept pushing back the crime scene tape as the standoff progressed.7Picture by Lorena KowalewskiVarious news stations were stationed downtown with crews filming the situation. 8Picture by Lorena KowalewskiNumerous forms of security were present around the building, including canine units.9Picture by Lorena KowalewskiCars try to find ways to navigate around the blocked off streets. 10Picture by Lorena KowalewskiTwo police officers tape off more areas in Silver Spring, further limiting how close onlookers can get to the Discovery building. Most of Downtown Silver Spring was closed off today due to the standoff in Discovery. 11Picture by Lorena Kowalewski

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