Gunwoman dead after injuring at least four in attack on YouTube HQ
One man is critically ill while the presumed perpetrator is believed to have taken her own life.
A woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, wounding four people before she shot and killed herself, police said.
Employees hid and tried to flee while officers and US federal agents swarmed the company’s headquarters complex in the city of San Bruno as multiple emergency reports came in reporting gunfire.
San Bruno Police chief Ed Barberini told reporters the victims had gunshot wounds and were taken to hospitals.
A spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital said it received three patients.
Spokesman Brent Andrew said a 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.
The hospital was expecting more patients but Mr Andrew did not know their conditions.
We are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 3, 2018
Television news footage showed people leaving the building, holding their arms in the air for police to inspect as they were leaving the building.
Officers searched people to make sure none had weapons, and police vehicles surrounded the area
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.
Police activity at 901 Cherry Ave, please stay out of the area. pic.twitter.com/H6iAj0g7ra— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 3, 2018
Will Hudson said a friend who works for YouTube texted him about the gunwoman.
“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.”
Northern California’s Stanford Hospital said it has received four to five patients, but a hospital spokeswoman did not have information on their conditions or their wounds.
Google, which owns the world’s biggest online video website, posted on Twitter that the company is coordinating with authorities.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said it responded to the shooting at YouTube’s suburban campus.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on a shooting and that officials were monitoring it.
Mr Hudson said his friend made it safely back to San Francisco and was in contact with his family.
Mr Hudson said he has become used to hearing about gun 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.
Calls and emails to YouTube representatives seeking comment were not immediately returned.