Suspect In YouTube Shooting Named
A woman who voiced complaints online about YouTube has opened fire with a handgun at the tech company's headquarters near San Francisco, wounding three people before shooting herself dead, authorities say.
Police did not identify the suspect or say what might have motivated Tuesday's shooting at the video-sharing service owned by Alphabet Inc's Google which employs nearly 2000 people at their San Bruno, California offices.
The woman approached an outdoor patio and dining courtyard on the campus around lunchtime on Tuesday and began to fire before entering the building, police said.
An affiliate of ABC and other local media, citing unnamed sources, identified the woman as Nasim Aghdam.
The website NasimeSabz.com, which media said was linked to the attacker, had several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with screeds against YouTube.
Those complaints included claims the company was not sharing enough revenue with people who create videos for the platform.
"There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to," read one posting on the site.
A YouTube account in the name of Nasime Sabz was deleted on Tuesday evening.
A US government security official told Reuters there was no known connection to terrorism.
ABC News, citing unnamed law enforcement sources, said the suspect was 35 to 40 years old, and lived in Southern California.
A YouTube product manager, Todd Sherman, described on Twitter hearing people running, first thinking it was an earthquake before he was told that a person had a gun.
"At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter. Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves," Sherman said in a tweet.
"I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peeked around for threats and then we headed downstairs, and out the front," Sherman said.
Dozens of emergency vehicles quickly converged on the YouTube campus, and police could be seen on televised aerial video systematically frisking several employees leaving the area with their hands raised.
One victim, a 36-year-old man, was listed in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. A 32-year-old woman was listed in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition.
The three patients taken to San Francisco General Hospital were all awake, Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at the hospital, told a news conference. All were victims of gunshot wounds, Campbell said, but none of them had undergone surgery.
A fourth person was taken to a local hospital with an ankle injury from fleeing the scene.
"It's with great sadness that I tell you - based on the latest information - four people were injured in this horrific act of violence," Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in letter to employees posted on Twitter.
In a separate tweet, Pichai said he and YouTube Chief Executive Susan Wojcicki were "focused on supporting our employees and the @YouTube community through this difficult time together."
President Donald Trump said on Twitter he had been briefed on the shooting.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved," Trump tweeted. "Thank you to our phenomenal law enforcement officers and first responders that are currently on the scene."
Meanwhile, after largely avoiding the topic, several Silicon Valley leaders have called for increased gun control.
"We can't keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won't happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots," tweeted Twitter Inc and Square Inc CEO Jack Dorsey. "It's beyond time to evolve our policies."
Joining Dorsey were Uber Technologies Inc CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Box Inc CEO Aaron Levie, who respectively sent tweets on Tuesday saying #EndGunViolence and #NeverAgain, two Twitter hashtags commonly used by proponents of gun control.
"On behalf of the team at @Uber, sending support to everyone @YouTube and @Google, and gratitude to the heroic first responders," Khosrowshahi tweeted. "Another tragedy that should push us again to #EndGunViolence"
Other tech leaders expressed sympathy for the employees of YouTube on social media on Tuesday without referencing gun control. Those included Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos, Salesforce.com Inc CEO Marc Benioff and Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.