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Discovery Communications Building Evacuated; Hostage Situation at Discovery Channel HQ

Discovery Communications Building Evacuated; Hostage Situation at Discovery Channel HQ
Gunman Entered Discovery Building In Md. (CBS)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBS/AP) A hostage situation is underway at the Discovery Communications building after an armed man reportedly walked into the lobby with explosives, Montgomery County Police say.

Police say the man walked into the lobby around 1 p.m. Wednesday. The man may have at least one hostage.

Multiple witnesses reported shots being fired, CBS radio affiliate WTOP reports.

Faisal Afzal, a systems engineer at Discovery, told the station he was heading back into the building and was about 20 feet from the door when he heard a street vendor yelling.

"We heard a street vendor yelling, there's a guy with a gun, there's a guy with a gun. He's in the building. And I saw people lying down on the floor at the building. And we just ran away from the building and we heard a couple shots fired," Afzal told WTOP.

A person inside the building told The Associated Press that the man had something strapped to his chest and has hostages. The person refused to be identified, saying people inside have been told not to speak to the media.

SWAT teams are on their way to the building, which is located on Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, a police spokesperson told WTOP.

The building has been evacuated.

Reporting Contributed by CBS Affiliate WTOP

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