Woman wounds three at YouTube headquarters in California, then kills herself

SAN BRUNO, Calif., April 3 (Reuters) - A woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco on Tuesday, wounding three people before shooting herself dead as employees of the Silicon Valley tech company fled into the surrounding streets, authorities said.

Police did not identify the suspect or say what might have motivated the shooting at YouTube, a video-sharing service owned by Alphabet Inc's Google which employs nearly 2,000 people at the San Bruno, California offices.

The woman approached an outdoor patio and dining courtyard on the campus around lunchtime and began to fire before entering the building, police said.

Police respond to reports of an active shooter at YouTube headquarters:

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YouTube employees are seen walking away from Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
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A police officer and crime scene markers are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after security forces responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. A woman shot and wounded at least four people before possibly taking her own life at YouTube's California headquarters Tuesday, according to police. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police officers are seen at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police officers stand by in front of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police look on as employees walk across the streer outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. A woman opened fire at the facility, wounding four people before taking her own life, according to authorities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Law enforcement stands watch outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Media gather outside during an active shooting at YouTube's offices in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. Gunshots erupted at YouTube's offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response.Some media reports said several people were injured. San Bruno police warned on Twitter to stay away from the area housing the headquarters of the Google-owned video sharing service near San Francisco. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The offices of YouTube are seen in the distance outside after an active shooting at YouTube's offices in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. Gunshots erupted at YouTube's offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response, before the shooter -- a woman -- apparently committed suicide.Police said three people had been hospitalized with gunshot injuries following the shooting in the city of San Bruno, and that a female suspect was found dead at the scene. 'We have one subject who is deceased inside the building with a self-inflicted wound,' San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told reporters. 'At this time, we believe it to be the shooter.' / AFP PHOTO / Hand-Out / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Law enforcement stands watch outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: Police survey the scene outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, CA - APRIL 03: San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini speaks to members of the media outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. Police are investigating an active shooter incident at YouTube headquarters that has left at least one person dead and several wounded. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN BRUNO, UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: Security measures are taken after police officers responded to an active shooter at YouTube's California headquarters in San Bruno, California, United States on April 3, 2018. The San Bruno Police Department urged people to stay away from the building, located at Cherry Ave and Bay Hill Drive. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
San Mateo County SWAT team officers are seen near Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Law enforcement officers are seen near a patio with crime scene markers at Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Burlingame police chief Eric Wollman pets Kimba while bringing him to his owner following an active shooter situation at Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
A fire engine is seen outside Youtube headquarters following an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Burlingame police chief Eric Wollman hands off Kimba to his owner following an active shooter situation at Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California, U.S., April 3, 2018. According to his owner, Kimba was present when the shooting occurred. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
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The San Jose Mercury News, citing a law enforcement source, said that she was targeting her boyfriend due to a domestic dispute.

A U.S. 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, with no apparent connection to YouTube.

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. Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front," Sherman said.

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There are no words to describe the tragedy that occurred today. @SusanWojcicki & I are focused on supporting our em… https://t.co/bRB4hzitot
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Horrible and truly tragic day for YouTube and Google. We are wishing all our very best for the injured and all those affected.
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From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team at YouTube and Google, especially the victims and their families.
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The shooting was the latest in a string of mass killings carried out in the United States in recent years. Most recently, the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school has led to calls for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

In a recording of a 911 call posted online by the Los Angeles Times, a dispatcher can be heard saying: “Shooter. Another party said they spotted someone with a gun. Suspect came from the back patio ... Again we have a report of a subject with a gun. They heard seven or eight shots being fired."

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 of the victims, 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. Authorities did not release names of the victims.

The three patients taken to San Francisco General Hospital were all awake, Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at the hospital, said at a news conference. All three people 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.

YouTube Chief Executive Susan Wojcicki declined to comment to reporters as she left the building.

"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 that was posted on Twitter. "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 added.

In a separate tweet, Pichai said he and Wojcicki were "focused on supporting our employees & the @YouTube community through this difficult time together.”

President Donald Trump said on Twitter that 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.”

In response, Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted: "We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies."

Last month, YouTube announced it would ban content promoting the sale of guns and gun accessories as well as videos that teach how to make guns.

Female mass shooters are rare. A recent Washington Post analysis shows only three out of 150 U.S. shootings with more than four victims since 1966 were done by women. In 2015, a husband and wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

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Employees work at Youtube headquaters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Youtube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
The newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
Signage sits on display outside Google Inc.'s YouTube office building in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance way to the newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
A conference room is seen in the newly opened YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. Each conference room is named after a video game, such as "Final Fantasy." REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
The dog of a YouTube employee sits by a desk at the newly opened company headquarters in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
Employees play on the putting green in the newly opened YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
The newly opened YouTube headquarters is seen in San Bruno, California February 28, 2008. REUTERS/ Erin Siegal (UNITED STATES)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees walk inside Google Inc.'s YouTube office in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Google Inc.'s YouTube office building stands in San Bruno, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2010. The company's YouTube.com website started a feature that provides text embedded in video clips for hearing impaired users. Photographer: Kim White/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Youtube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York, Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Mark Hosenball in Washington, D.C.; Andrew Hay in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Salvador Rodriguez, Heather Somerville, Noel Randewich, Stephen Nellis and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco Writing by Dan Whitcomb Editing by Peter Cooney and Lisa Shumaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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