Over a month after the traumatic mass shooting at a Florida high school, a woman is said to have opened fire at the headquarters of video streaming giant YouTube in San Bruno, California.
A 36-year-old man left in a critical condition is believed to be the shooter’s boyfriend, CBS news reports. Two women, 32 and 27, were also shot.
The suspect was reported to have approached an outdoor patio and dining area near lunchtime and opened fire with a handgun. San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said officers arrived at the offices 12:48 (19:48 GMT) local time to find a “chaotic scene” with numerous people fleeing.
Several US media outlets identified the suspect as Nasim Aghdam a 39-year-old Californian resident of Iranian descent. She appeared often on YouTube and in one of her videos criticised the platform for discriminating against and filtering her posts.
YouTube terminated her account following the shooting. Her Instagram and Facebook accounts have also been removed. On her personal website she accused YouTube of taking steps to prevent her videos from getting views.
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube or any other video sharing site. Your channel will grow if they want to!” she wrote.
Employees of the company have shared on their Twitter stories of gunshots and them running away.
Vadim Lavrusik who works on the product team wrote: Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
Todd Sherman, also on the product team, shared a more gory account, writing: I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front.