San Bruno (California), Apr 4: At least three were injured in a shooting at YouTube headquarters at San Bruno in California. The female suspect, who barged into the Google-owned YouTube headquarters and opened fire indiscriminately, was later found dead with what appeared like a self-inflicting gunshot. The accused woman apparently killed herself, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said at a press conference. Also Read - Expect to Have COVID-19 Vaccine Doses For Every American by April: Trump
The police arrived at the shooting scene at around 12:48 (19:48 GMT) local time and found the area in chaos. TV visuals showed people fleeing the office. “Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers,” Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube employee, posted to Twitter. Also Read - After US Announces Ban on TikTok From Sunday, Chinese App Says Will Fight Ongoing Crackdown
Google, the parent company of YouTube, issued a statement earlier, saying that “We continue to actively coordinate with local authorities and hospitals. Our security team has been working closely with authorities to evacuate the buildings and ensure the safety of employees in the area.” Also Read - US to Ban TikTok, WeChat Downloads From September 20 Amid Security Concerns
Calling the situation an unimaginable tragedy, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, “I know a lot of 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.”
One person was found injured with a gunshot in front of the office building while two more were found just nearby. Minutes later, the police found a woman who, the police believe, had shot herself. All the three injured victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital where they are being treated. The police said that the motive behind the YouTuve headquarters shooting is likely related to a domestic dispute.
President Donald Trump, who was briefed about the YouTube shooting, took to Twitter and wrote, “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.”
With agency inputs