Active shooter reported at YouTube's headquarters in California
This afternoon, YouTube’s headquarters (located in San Bruno, California) came under attack by a lone shooter. The suspected shooter, a female reportedly working alone, has been found dead on the campus via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At least four employees have been evacuated to nearby hospitals. There have been no further reports on any other injuries or deaths as of 5:02 PM CST (3:02 PM PST).
The San Mateo County Sherrif’s Office reported that they were treating the incident as an “active shooter” situation and requested that all civilians avoid the area around YouTube’s campus from Cherry Avenue to Bay Hill Drive in San Bruno. Police responded to the situation within two minutes of the initial emergency call.
Most of the news during the event came from employees that flocked to Twitter after barricading themselves in offices. Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at YouTube, tweeted that he heard shots and saw people fleeing the office. He later tweeted that he had been safely evacuated. As of this writing, all employees have been evacuated from the complex.
Google issued a statement that they are working with local authorities and will distribute pertinent and official information once it’s received.
There is rampant speculation as to the motives of the shooter, ranging from a domestic dispute to a revenge shooting by a disgruntled former employee. As it stands, these are merely conjecture; conclusions should only be drawn after ample evidence surfaces. We will update this story as details become available.