Female suspect dead, 3 wounded in shooting at YouTube headquarters


Police said late Tuesday one person died and three people were wounded during a shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.

The suspected shooter was a woman who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said. Emergency personnel transported three victims suffering from gunshot wounds to a hospital in nearby San Francisco.

Police believe the incident was related to a domestic dispute, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said at a news conference with reporters that the hospital had received and was treating one woman in serious condition, another woman in fair condition and one man in critical condition. Additionally, one woman was hospitalized for a possible sprained ankle, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

A YouTube staffer said that the shooting happened in an outdoor courtyard area that was not as secure as inside the building, the New York Times reported.

After multiple 911 calls at 12:46 p.m. local time reporting gunshots, officers arrived at YouTube’s headquarters at 12:48 p.m., Barberini said.

YouTube product manager Vadim Lavrusik tweeted that he heard shots fired, saw people running and barricaded himself in a room with co-workers. About 30 minutes later, Lavrusik said he had safely exited the building.

Todd Sherman, another YouTube employee, tweeted that he heard people running and while he was attempting to flee, saw blood on the floor and stairs. Sherman said he made it safely out and took a taxi home.

The scene at YouTube remained an active investigation, officials said, and several law enforcement agencies were involved — including the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a note late Tuesday, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai offered his support to employees and thanked first responders. “I know a lot of you 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,” he said.

In a tweet, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said “There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter . . . We will come together to heal as a family.”

YouTube, which is a unit of Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +0.60% GOOG, +0.69% , employs about 2,000 people at its San Bruno offices.

President Donald Trump and tech leaders such as Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.03%   CEO Tim Cook and Twitter Inc. TWTR, -1.78%   CEO Jack Dorsey and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +1.46%   CEO Jeff Bezos expressed their condolences on Twitter.