Tuesday 25 September 2018

Police in California respond to reports of shooting at YouTube headquarters

TV footage showed police vehicles surrounding the area in San Bruno.

Police near YouTube's HQ in San Bruno, California after reports of a shooting (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Police near YouTube's HQ in San Bruno, California after reports of a shooting (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Associated Press Reporter

Police in California are responding to reports of a shooting at YouTube headquarters in the city of San Bruno.

City manager Connie Jackson said there were multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting and that police and fire officials have responded.

TV helicopter video shows officers searching people grouped outside a building and police vehicles surrounding the area.

A spokeswoman for California’s Stanford Hospital said it had received four to five patients from the shooting at YouTube but had no information about their condition.

San Bruno police said they could not provide more information about the incident.

The world’s biggest online video website is located on a suburban campus.

Calls and emails to YouTube representatives were not immediately returned.

YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik posted on Twitter that he heard gunshots and saw people running.

He said he was barricaded in a room with his co-workers before being safely evacuated.

Will Hudson said his friend who works for YouTube texted him about the assailant.

“I think there might be a shooter in my building,” read one text.

“The fire alarm went off so we started to evacuate and then people (started) running saying there was a shooter.”

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An image taken from video from KGO-TV shows a person being searched (KGO-TV/AP)

Mr Hudson said his friend has made it safely back to San Francisco and is in contact with his family.

Mr Hudson said he had become accustomed to hearing about such violence but has never been so close to it before.

“It just feels strange. It feels like it could really be anyone. That’s really the strangeness of it,” he said.

The White House said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting.

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