At least 4 people are wounded and one person is dead after a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno in California.
Reports of the shooting first emerged at 12:47 pm local time. There were also harrowing accounts from YouTube employees, some of whom live-tweeted the incident. “Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers,” tweeted Vadim Lavrusik, who works on product at YouTube.
Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018
“We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake,” tweeted Todd Sherman, who works as a Product Manager at the company. “After existing the room we still didn’t know what was going on but more people were running. Seemed serious and not like a drill.” He added that he saw blood on the stairs as he was evacuating the building.
People also posted video of YouTube employees exiting its office. Employees were made to exit in an orderly fashion with their hands up. Some employees were also patted down by the police.
— Erin (@erinjeanc) April 3, 2018
Snap Maps footage coming out of the YouTube HQ shooting. Crazy. Stay safe, tech. pic.twitter.com/v8F7ycotxw
— Daniel Sinclair ? (@_DanielSinclair) April 3, 2018
Aerial footage of YouTube office showed what appeared to be a body bag near the cafeteria. More than 1,100 employees work out of YouTube’s San Bruno office.
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) April 3, 2018
Photos also showed armed police entering the YouTube office. Google also asked employees to evacuate the campus.
A woman shot and injured three people before killing herself at Google’s YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, Police Chief Ed Barberini said https://t.co/RbUrYg8IVa pic.twitter.com/6IFnV0kAY6
— Bloomberg (@business) April 3, 2018
In a briefing roughly an hour after the shooting began, local police confirmed the suspected shooter was dead. The shooter had been female, and had died of a self-inflicted wound. Four people were moved to local hospitals, one of whom was in critical condition. The motives behind the shooting are still unknown.