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Discovery Channel gunman had Burnaby mailbox

James Lee

James Lee

The gunman shot dead by police after taking hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, had a website registered in Burnaby.

Environmental protester James Lee, 43, allegedly entered the nature broadcaster's building Wednesday with an explosive device after publishing a list of demands on his website.

After a lengthy standoff, police said that the suspect was shot before 2 p.m. PST - about five hours after the incident began - and that the three hostages got away safely.

An explosive device went off as Lee was shot, police said, but no one was injured by it.

In 2008, Lee, who lives in Silver Spring but is originally from San Diego, was arrested outside the building during a protest.

James Jay Lee's website is registered to at 210 -3602 Gilmore Way. Local media descended on the office Wednesday.'s contact information is listed as:

James Lee

P.O. Box 81024

Burnaby, BC V5H 4K2

His connection to Burnaby is unknown.

Police evacuated most of the building, including the network's on-site daycare, when Lee took over but a small group of employees were still taken hostage.

Lee posted a manifesto on his website calling on Discovery Channel to "broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet".

He made several demands for it to air primetime daily programs based on Daniel Quinn's Ishmael in a game show format.

Ouinn is a Nebraska author and environmentalist whose award-winning 1992 book of the same name is about a gorilla who communicates telepathically his theory on the downfall of humanity.

"Focus must be given on how people can live without giving birth to more filthy human children" he writes, calling for "all programs promoting war and the technology behind those" to cease.