YouTube shooting: Three shot at California HQ, female suspect dead

A woman shot and wounded three people at YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California before killing herself. Courtesy: BBC

A woman shot and wounded three people at YouTube’s headquarters in Northern California before killing herself, police say.

A 36-year-old man left in a critical condition is believed to be the suspect’s boyfriend, CBS news reports. Two women, 32 and 27, were also shot.

Police are yet to identify the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, and did not say what motivated the attack.

YouTube employees described scenes of panic as the incident unfolded.

Such “active shooter” incidents are overwhelmingly carried out by men – an FBI report found that out of 160 incidents between 2000-2013 only six of the people who opened fire were women. 

What happened?

The suspect approached an outdoor patio and dining area near lunchtime and opened fire, NBC reported.

San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said officers arrived at the offices 12:48 (19:48 GMT) local time to find a “chaotic scene” with numerous people fleeing.

Images broadcast on local TV stations showed employees leaving with their hands raised. Other footage appeared to show evacuees forming a queue before being individually frisked by police.

One person with a bullet wound was found at the front of the company headquarters, Mr Barberini said. Minutes later officers found a woman who appeared to have shot herself, he said.

Two further victims were later discovered at a nearby business. 

An employee at a nearby fast food restaurant told Fox station KTVU he had treated a young woman who suffered a bullet wound to the leg.

He said he had fashioned a makeshift tourniquet from a bungee cord as they waited for first responders.

Several YouTube employees tweeted about the attack as it was taking place.

Product manager Todd Sherman said people fled the building in panic as the shooting unfolded. 

Another employee, Vadim Lavrusik, tweeted he was barricaded in a room with other staff. He later said he had been evacuated. 

The three wounded were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Officials said the 32-year-old woman’s condition was serious and the 27-year-old’s condition was fair.

A fourth person was also taken to hospital with an ankle injury sustained while trying to escape, Mr Barberini said.

Some 1,700 people work at the YouTube HQ. The company is owned by Google and is the area’s biggest employer.

What’s the reaction been?

YouTube spokesman Chris Dale praised the police response to the incident.

“Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube and all of the employees were victims of this crime. Our hearts go out to those who suffered in this particular attack,” he said.

Another online giant, Twitter, said it was horrified by the shooting and said it was monitoring instances of misinformation. 

President Trump said he had been briefed about the incident. 

Sourcehttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43635864