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By Kavitha Cardoza

There’s still a lot of police activity outside the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Maryland this morning, a day after a gunman took three employees hostage and threatened to detonate explosives in the building.

Montgomery County Police say they have recovered four packages from the Discovery Communications center. James Lee, who has been identified as the gunman, had two pipe bombs and two small propane tanks strapped to him. Around the tanks were pipes and in them shotgun shells.

Captain Paul Starks with the Montgomery County Police Department says officers were very concerned about these devices being detonated. He says during the almost 4 hours police were talking to Lee he showed a wide range of emotions, including a lot of anger and repeatedly said he was prepared to die. And after a tense standoff yesterday, police shot Lee after he apparently pointed a gun at a hostage.

Lee is said to be a longtime critic of Discovery Communications programming and has demonstrated outside the building before.

The Discovery Communications building opens at 10 this morning and a spokesperson says employees can come and collect their belongings, but only if they want to. If they come to work they only have to stay until 1 p.m. and then they’re on leave through Labor day. Counselors will be available.

Police officers continue to collect evidence and interview witnesses this morning as part of the ongoing criminal investigation.

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