Panic arose at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday morning (April 3), as a woman went on a shooting spree, injuring four, before taking her own life.
Employees frantically tweeted, saying they were heard shooting while they were at their desks.
Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018
San Bruno police ruled out terrorism as a motive, instead calling the shooting domestic or workplace related. When the suspect was identified as female, some news networks began speculating the shooting was due to a “love triangle,” angering many viewers. Even though American mass shootings have exponentially increased over the years, there have been very few that were at the hands of a woman.
Officials at Zuckerburg San Francisco General Hospital confirmed four injuries, while Police Chief Ed Barbini told reporters the shooter eventually took her own life. Video footage shows commotion outside the headquarters.
YouTube recently vowed to prohibit videos on the site that promoted gun sales. The new policy reportedly took four months to develop, and will be rolled out next month. The call followed intense scrutiny from the public after videos found on the site were used as resources for previous shootings.
Although no one has been pronounced dead, the shooting at a major studio has shaken a lot of people.
President Trump offered his thoughts and prayers, the first time the Commander in Chief has reached out to shooting victims since criticizing the #MarchforOurLives movement and ignoring calls for an end to police brutality in communities of color.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
Google, which ownes Youtube, communicated via Twitter that they are coordinating with investigators, and would provide information through its social media channels. Many other news networks are communicating through social media as well. When a digital tycoon is victim to mass shooting and gun violence, the tech world responds quickly.
Re: YouTube situation, we are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available.
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) April 3, 2018