A bunch of cops w guns and machine guns drawn surrounding the #discovery corporate building
Yesterday's hostage situation at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring was the sort of happening that brings communities together and breaks news at the speed of a tweet.
What started shortly after 1 p.m. with a few tweets from the scene from terrified Discovery employees and those noting the police presence outside became a Twitter frenzy.
While everyone's happy to credit Twitter with breaking the story before the rest of us, there's been little to no talk of who actually was the first to alert the Twittersphere as to what was happening at One Discovery Place.
The earliest he found was at 1:14 pm (Eastern) from @hereisjuliette, an employee in the Discovery building:
Cops w guns drawn at ODP http://twitpic.com/2ka6zj
At 1:20 pm, there's a tweet from @LivingRuff, a feed for store for pet supplies near the site:
Major police activity at Discovery in downtown silver spring. Avoid this area!
And at 1:29 pm, @DaAnGrYASiAN tweeted the big news:
We are on lockdown in my building!!! Man with gun on the loose inside Discovery Channel building!!!!!
He also had some amazing photos from the evacuation efforts.
In all of the Twitter activity yesterday, these tweets really got little notice. They weren't widely re-tweeted, unlike that bogus photo of the "gunman" that everyone passed around without considering contradictions that were immediately obvious.
We really can't definitively lock down who tweeted first, so if you can find a tweet with an earlier timestamp from the scene, let us know.
All of those who tweeted first from the scene deserve the real credit for breaking the news before they got lost in the crush of the Internet. Thanks.