On April 3, a woman shot and wounded three people before fatally turning the gun on herself outside YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, say police.
Nasim Aghdam, 39, has been named the prime suspect of attack, dubbed the ‘YouTube Shooting’. It has been reported that the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital had received all three patients. One 36-year-old-man was in critical condition, one 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and one 27-year-old woman is said to be in ‘fair’ condition.
Law enforcement officials told news channel CNN that Aghdam is believed to have known at least one of the victims.
Some YouTube employees tweeted about the attack as it happened. Todd Sherman said “We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumpling the floor. First thought was earthquake.” Another employee, Vadim Lavrusik said “Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.” Not long after the tweet was published, Lavrusik wrote: “Safe. Got evacuated. Outside now.”
Another YouTube employee recounted the shooting, saying she was on a conference call at the time of the attack with a colleague who was close by. “We were all suddenly aware of a lot of noises, of sounds, people running outside of the room where she was.”
A witness who was inside a café near where the YouTube shooting to place said to CNN affiliate KPIX, “I heard some pops, I obviously thought it was balloons, but then I thought that doesn’t make sense, not today. Then I heard more shots and that’s when everyone started scrambling for the door.”
President Donald Trump has tweeted his sympathies for the victims of the YouTube shooting, saying, “Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. 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.”
YouTube, founded back in 2005, has experienced exponential growth throughout its history, and is the most well-known video site online. Google purchased YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock. More than a 1,000 people are currently employed by the company, making it one of the largest employers in the area.