Monday 23 April 2018

Female suspect dead after shooting at YouTube headquarters

The scenes following a possible shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. GRAEME MACDONALD/via REUTERS
The scenes following a possible shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. GRAEME MACDONALD/via REUTERS
The scene following a possible shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. GRAEME MACDONALD/via REUTERS
In this file photo taken on May 26, 2010 YouTube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California. The San Bruno police department on April 3, 2018, has received several 911 calls about an active shooter at YouTube Headquarters, according to media reports. / AFP PHOTO / Gabriel BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
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A woman opened fire at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, sending employees scrambling into the street and at least three victims to local hospitals before taking her own life, police said.

Police did not release any further information on the suspect or speculate on her motives for the shooting at the offices of YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc's Google.

"We did locate a victim with what we believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It’s a female,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said at a news conference, describing the person police believe was the shooter.

One of the victims, a 36-year-old man, was listed in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. A 32-year-old woman was listed in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition. Authorities did not release names of any of the victims.

The scene following a possible shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. GRAEME MACDONALD/via REUTERS
The scene following a possible shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. GRAEME MACDONALD/via REUTERS

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai posted a message on the tech giant's Twitter page, saying four people were injured in the "horrific act of violence".

"I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy," he added.

Two law enforcement officials have told the AP that a shooting that wounded three people at YouTube headquarters in California is being investigated as a domestic dispute.

Earlier, San Bruno police said a woman opened fire with a handgun in an outdoor courtyard and then died after shooting herself. Police provided no motive or other details about her.

YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki tweeted to say no words could describe "how horrible it was to have an active shooter" at the firm's headquarters.

"Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family," she added.

The area of the shooting on a map of San Francisco (Image via Google Maps)
The area of the shooting on a map of San Francisco (Image via Google Maps)

A YouTube product manager, Todd Sherman, described on Twitter hearing people running, first thinking it was an earthquake before he was told that a person had a gun.

"At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter. Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves," Sherman said on Twitter.

"I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front," Sherman said.

US President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the victims.

"Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene," Mr Trump tweeted.

Google told NBC news in a statement that it was coordinating with local authorities.

"Customers said they heard what could have been gunshots when they were on their way here," Natalie Mangiante, an employee at Big Mouth Burgers located near the YouTube building, said by phone. Mangiante said she did not see or notice anything.

Local television images showed YouTube employees walking out of the building with their hands raised.

Last month, YouTube announced it would ban content promoting the sale of guns and gun accessories as well as videos that teach how to make guns.

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