Woman opens fire at California YouTube-headquarters before apparently killing herself
A gunwoman opened fire at the California YouTube headquarters yesterday afternoon before apparently shooting herself. Three people are injured, including a man said to be her boyfriend who is critical. The incident triggered panic at the headquarters, and employees posted live details of the situation on social media. This is the first case in recent times where the shooter was a woman.
Police suspect domestic dispute, not related to terrorism
The woman approached a dining area during lunchtime and opened fire. Police was informed at 12:46pm, and they arrived two minutes later to find a "chaotic scene." They found a person with a bullet wound at the front of the headquarters. The suspect was found dead minutes later. Two other victims were found at a nearby business. Law enforcement suspect a domestic dispute.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai addresses the tragedy
Employees take to social media to narrate goings-on
YouTube employees took to social media to describe what was happening. "We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running...," was the first of many tweets by Todd Sherman, Product Manager. When he found out there was an active shooter, "every new person I saw was a potential shooter." Police evacuated employees in a queue with their hands up before frisking them.
Visuals from the spot
Top tech honchos offer condolences for victims
Tributes poured in from the who's who of the industry. "From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team at YouTube and Google, especially the victims and their families," tweeted Tim Cook, Apple CEO. "Horrible and tragic day for YouTube and Google. We are wishing our very best for the injured and all those affected," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Chief.
Donald Trump tweets after attack
Only six gunpersons out of 160 incidents were women
The shooter has been identified by some as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, but there's no official confirmation. Women shooters are rare - according to an FBI report, only six persons who opened fire out of 160 shooting incidents during 2000-2013 were women. In 2017, 28 mass attacks analyzed by the Secret Service involved male attackers.