A woman has opened fire at YouTube headquarters, setting off a panic among employees and wounding three people before fatally shooting herself, police and witnesses said.
- San Francisco General Hospital’s spokesman said of the three being treated, one was in a critical condition
- Police confirmed there is “no immediate threat to the community”
- YouTube product manager Todd Sherman said he saw “blood drips on the floor and stairs” as he evacuated
Officers and federal agents swarmed the company’s headquarters in the city of San Bruno as multiple 911 calls came in reporting gunfire.
The shooting had no known connection to terrorism, a US Government security official told Reuters.
San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini told reporters three victims had gunshot wounds and were taken to hospital. A fourth person suffered an ankle injury while trying to flee.
“It’s transitioning more from a tactical or active fluid situation to more of a static investigative effort, and we are going to be out here for some time,” he said.
“I can tell you there’s no immediate threat to the community.”
Spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital Brent Andrew said a 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.
Google chief Sundar Pichai said in a statement that the situation was contained, and that the company was “very actively monitoring and working with local authorities and hospitals”.
“We’re doing everything we can to support [the victims] and their families at this time,” he said.
Police in the city south of San Francisco had warned people in a tweet to stay away from the address where YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, is based, after responding to reports of the shooter.
San Bruno city manager Connie Jackson said there had been multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting and that police and fire services had responded.
Officers respond to reports of an active shooter at a Youtube office in San Bruno. (AP: Jeff Chiu)
‘I looked down and saw blood drips on the stairs’
Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at YouTube, tweeted there was an “active shooter at YouTube HQ”.
“Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with co-workers.”
Todd Sherman, another product manager, tweeted that he was sitting in a meeting when he “heard people running because it was rumbling the floor”.
“First thought was earthquake. After exiting the room we still didn’t know what was going on but more people were running. Seemed serious and not like a drill. We headed towards the exit and then saw more people and someone said that there was a person with a gun.
“I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peaked [sic] around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front. Police cruisers pull up, hopped out with rifles ready and I told them where the situation was as I headed down the street to meet up with a couple team members.”
Local television images showed YouTube employees walking out of the building with their hands raised.
The White House said Donald Trump had been briefed and that officials were monitoring the situation.
California senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted that her “stomach sinks with yet another active shooter alert”.
“I’m praying for the safety of everyone at YouTube headquarters.”