Shooter Attacks YouTube California Headquarters

Officers stand in front of a YouTube sign near offices in San Bruno, Calif., Tuesday, April 3, 2018. A woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday, setting off a panic among employees and wounding several people before fatally shooting herself, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Officers stand in front of a YouTube sign near offices in San Bruno, Calif., Tuesday, April 3, 2018. A woman opened fire at YouTube headquarters Tuesday, setting off a panic among employees and wounding several people before fatally shooting herself, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A woman opened fire at YouTube’s California headquarters during lunchtime on Tuesday — wounding at least three, including her boyfriend, before killing herself, according to reports. The shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute, with law enforcement sources telling multiple media outlets in San Bruno that the suspect’s partner was the intended target.

Police officials said the woman, identified by San Bruno Police Department as Nasim Aghdam, acted alone, describing the scene inside the headquarters as a “pretty hectic scenario.” Armed with a pistol, the woman approached an outdoor dining area and blasted away at her boyfriend around 12:45 p.m. local time, sources told local TV affiliates KRON4 and KTVU. She shot him and two others, and then killed herself, according to police.

 

The victims were rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in serious, fair and critical condition. They were described as two women, ages 32 and 27, and a 36-year-old man. Hospital officials said they were all shot more than once in the chest and other extremities. The midday shooting sent hundreds of workers into a panic and sparked a massive police response.

“Active shooter at YouTube HQ,” employee Vadim Lavrusik tweeted. “Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.”

 

YouTube product manager Todd Sherman said he was sitting in a meeting when he heard the commotion.

“We heard people running because it was rumbling the floor,” he tweeted. “First thought was earthquake.”

 

As Sherman tried to escape, he “looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs.”

“Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front,” he added.

 

Photos and video posted on social media showed YouTube employees walking out of the company’s headquarters with their arms raised. Several ambulances were on the scene and cops were advising people to stay away.

At least one witness told KRON4 that they heard 20 shots fired before police responded. YouTube’s parent company, Google, released a statement on Twitter about the active-shooter situation, but didn’t provide any specific details.