Woman With Gun Opened Fire At YouTube HQ, Wounding Several Before Killing Herself, Officials Said

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he was "grateful to everyone inside and outside" YouTube for the outpouring of support after the shooting

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Woman With Gun Opened Fire At YouTube HQ, Wounding Several Before Killing Herself, Officials Said

YouTube headquarters shooting: Police officers rush in to secure the building (AFP)

San Bruno, California:  A woman with a gun opened fire Tuesday at the headquarters of YouTube, shooting three other people before turning the weapon on herself and committing suicide, officials said.

The violence began about 12:45 p.m. in a courtyard outside the video-sharing company's headquarters, just south of San Francisco. Witnesses described seeing a woman shooting a gun in a courtyard as others ran for their lives.

"Upon arrival, officers encountered numerous employees fleeing from the building," said San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini. "It was very chaotic, as you can imagine."

Police found one gunshot victim near the entrance of the building, he said.

Two injured women ran across the street and took shelter in a restaurant, officials said.

One of the injured women had a bullet wound to her leg. A restaurant worker told local Fox affiliate KTVU that he fashioned a bungee cord into a tourniquet, helping the woman until she was taken to a hospital.

Authorities did not identify the shooter or the victims. But NBC News and CNN, citing senior law enforcement officials, identified the shooter as Nasim Aghdam, a prolific user of YouTube.
 
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A police officer looks for the suspect at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California (AFP)

San Francisco General Hospital officials said that a 36-year-old man was in critical condition and that two women also were being treated for injuries. One of the women was in critical condition, and the other was in fair condition, a hospital official said.

Officials said a fourth person suffered an ankle injury fleeing the scene but was not struck by a bullet.

YouTube's parent company, Google, said it is cooperating with law enforcement.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a written statement he was "grateful to everyone inside and outside the company for the outpouring of support and best wishes. . . . 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."

Employees described a chaotic scene inside the corporate offices when the gunshots rang out. Some fled; others hid.

Vadim Lavrusik, who works on the company's product team, tweeted that he heard shots and saw people running.

"Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers," he wrote at about 1 p.m.

Todd Sherman, a product manager at the company, described the frightful moments as he evacuated the building.

"I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs," he wrote on Twitter.
 
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The YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, where a woman shot at three people before killing herself

Dozens of police officers converged on the building and conducted a room-to-room search for any attackers. Many YouTube employees were escorted out of the building with their hands in the air as police worked to secure the large office space.

After the incident, President Donald Trump tweeted praise for the quick police response: "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."

Most acts of mass violence are carried out by men, and female shooters are rare. An FBI report of active-shooter incidents nationwide between 2000 and 2013 examined 160 such attacks and found that just six involved female shooters.

The most well-known mass shooting in recent memory involving a female attacker occurred in 2015 in San Bernardino, California, about 380 miles southeast of YouTube's offices. A husband and wife who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State gunned down 14 people at an office holiday party before they fled and were killed by police.

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Rosenberg and Barrett reported from Washington. Mark Berman in Washington contributed to this report.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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