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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Shooting at YouTube headquarters in California



At least four people were shot at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday, according to a police spokesman. Three victims were taken to local hospitals. A fourth victim died at the scene, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Shooting victims included a 36-year-old male in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition, according to a Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew.
The shooter was a woman, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said. Several hundred employees were evacuated on Tuesday noon after the shooting began. As of 5:34PM ET, Google was still advising YouTube employees to shelter in place “until further notice.”
Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at the company, tweeted that there is an active shooter on campus. The San Bruno Police Department instructed people to stay away from 901 Cherry Avenue, where the company is located. Multiple 911 calls have been received from inside the building, according to a report from local news station KRON.

We are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.
The shooting began around lunch time, when many people were eating on a patio in the rear of the building, according to multiple reports from employees. In a Twitter thread, YouTube product manager Todd Sherman said that employees first thought there had been an earthquake. People began running out of their meetings, he said, but before reaching the exit, they got word that someone had a gun. Sherman said he saw blood on the floor and the stairs. He also said the shooter may have committed suicide.
Footage posted on Snapchat showed YouTube employees streaming out of the building with their hands above their heads. The doors to its headquarters are typically locked, and visitors have to be buzzed in by someone at the front desk.
Police also blocked off the San Bruno Ave. exit of Interstate 280 as the investigation got underway on Tuesday afternoon.


As one of the most-visited services on the web, YouTube is under constant scrutiny for its policy decisions over content moderation, monetization, and other issues. Last month, the company updated its policy on videos featuring firearms, expanding the list of accessories that cannot be featured in videos that sell them or instruct users how to manufacture or install the accessories.

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