Witness describes shooting at YouTube HQ

A witness describes assisting people who were shot at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 10:52 AM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 10:52 AM

The woman who shot three people at YouTube headquarters in Northern California has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

The woman took her own life after the shootings. She was found at the scene and appeared to have killed herself with a handgun, but the investigation is just beginning, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.

"We know very, very little right now, and we probably won't know more until tomorrow morning," the chief said.

A fourth person was injured as people scrambled off the patio outside the cafe on campus.

The shooter is believed to have known at least one of the victims, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

The shooter's motive was unclear, Barberini said, adding that it's unclear whether the shooting was a domestic violence incident.

A spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, said the facility received three patients. One 36-year-old man was in critical condition, one 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and one 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.

Dr. Andre Campbell said the three patients were all conscious and none had yet gone into surgery. When asked how the patients reacted, Campbell said: "Shocked, like we are every time these terrible things happen."

Trauma surgeon vents his frustration over continuing gun violence

Man thought it was balloons popping

One witness inside a cafe near the shooting said the gunfire didn't immediately register with him.

"It was a surprise, because you don't really expect something like that," the man told CNN affiliate KPIX. "I heard some pops, I obviously thought it was balloons, but then I thought that doesn't make sense, not today. Then I heard more shots and that's when everyone started scrambling for the door."

Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube product employee, tweeted he and others hid.

"Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers," he wrote.

Not long after the first tweet he wrote: "Safe. Got evacuated it. Outside now."

Another YouTube employee said during the shooting people were trying to get out of the building "as fast as they could."

She said she was on a conference call and a colleague, who heard shots, told her at least one person was shot on the patio where people eat.

"We were all suddenly aware of a lot of noises, of sounds, people running outside of the room where she was. And people screaming," said the employee, who was in a building down the street.

" 'I have to get out of here,' " the woman said her colleague said.

A witness told CNN he heard three or four shots and later more shots. He was in the drive-through line at a Carl's Jr. fast-food restaurant across the street from an end of the YouTube building where there are tables with umbrellas on a patio.

A woman ran over to the Carl's Jr. with a calf wound, he said. People at the fast-food restaurant tried to use napkins to stop the bleeding.

The man, who would only give his name as Jesse, said he went over to the shooting site and saw a woman drop to the ground.

"She must have been deceased after that because I didn't hear anything after that," he said.

Police were there quickly

Police were at the scene within two minutes of the initial 911 call, the chief said.

Overhead video from KGO showed a heavy police presence outside the YouTube building. A crowd gathered outside the building and, one by one, people were frisked and patted down by officers. Several roadways near the building were closed to traffic.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he was thinking about the victims.

"Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube's HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene," he wrote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a leading advocate in the US Senate for tighter gun laws, tweeted she was praying for YouTube employees.

The California Democrat wrote: "My stomach sinks with yet another active shooter alert. I'm praying for the safety of everyone at YouTube headquarters."

YouTube is owned by Google

YouTube, which was founded in February 2005, quickly became the most well-known of several online video sites. In 2006 Google said it was purchasing YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.

More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube office in San Bruno. Employees there include engineers working on site search, infrastructure, content channels and ad products; and sales teams that work with advertisers and content creators.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI will help investigate the incident, according to the angencies' San Francisco offices.

San Bruno is about 13 miles south of San Francisco.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 24850

Reported Deaths: 1050
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin8393613
Ramsey3019124
Stearns202113
Nobles15395
Anoka139970
Dakota132755
Washington63632
Olmsted62610
Kandiyohi4961
Rice4622
Scott4262
Clay42328
Mower3182
Todd3160
Wright3131
Sherburne2432
Carver2102
Benton1773
Steele1580
Blue Earth1400
Martin1305
St. Louis11814
Freeborn1170
Pine890
Unassigned8910
Nicollet8710
Winona7915
Cottonwood750
Watonwan740
Carlton730
Crow Wing712
Otter Tail680
Goodhue663
Chisago611
Polk612
Lyon560
Itasca5410
Dodge520
Chippewa511
Morrison460
Meeker450
Le Sueur441
Douglas420
Becker400
Jackson390
Murray390
McLeod370
Isanti350
Waseca260
Rock220
Mille Lacs191
Pennington190
Faribault180
Swift180
Wabasha180
Fillmore171
Brown162
Sibley160
Beltrami150
Cass142
Norman130
Marshall120
Pipestone120
Kanabec111
Wilkin113
Wadena100
Pope90
Aitkin80
Koochiching80
Mahnomen61
Yellow Medicine60
Lincoln50
Redwood50
Big Stone50
Renville50
Red Lake40
Grant40
Lac qui Parle30
Clearwater30
Traverse30
Houston20
Hubbard20
Roseau20
Lake10
Kittson10
Stevens10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19521

Reported Deaths: 535
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4227126
Woodbury275034
Black Hawk174644
Linn95577
Dallas90421
Marshall89416
Buena Vista7830
Johnson6149
Wapello59310
Muscatine55741
Crawford5162
Tama40327
Scott35910
Dubuque34418
Louisa34411
Sioux2750
Pottawattamie2638
Jasper26016
Washington1898
Wright1690
Plymouth1322
Warren1320
Allamakee1214
Story1151
Mahaska9410
Poweshiek908
Henry711
Bremer706
Des Moines631
Boone620
Clinton611
Taylor560
Clarke550
Guthrie503
Cedar471
Benton431
Webster401
Monroe385
Shelby370
Hamilton370
Jones360
Clayton353
Buchanan330
Iowa330
Osceola330
Marion320
Cerro Gordo291
Madison282
Cherokee280
Lee270
Fayette270
Jefferson270
Lyon240
Monona240
Winneshiek240
Harrison230
Davis220
Dickinson210
Grundy200
Mills190
Floyd191
Sac190
Humboldt180
Hardin170
Lucas170
Clay160
Butler161
Hancock160
Delaware150
Emmet150
Keokuk150
Appanoose153
Ida140
Franklin130
Page130
Greene130
Howard120
Cass120
Audubon121
Pocahontas120
Jackson120
Winnebago110
Carroll100
Chickasaw100
Kossuth90
Adair90
Van Buren90
Union80
Adams70
Montgomery70
Palo Alto60
Fremont40
Mitchell40
Ringgold40
Worth30
Calhoun20
Wayne10
Decatur10
Unassigned10
Rochester
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 65°
Mason City
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 63°
Albert Lea
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 66°
Austin
Broken Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 66°
Charles City
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 63°
Things are about to get hot
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Minnesota churches open doors to more congregants

Image

George Floyd protests continue in Austin on Sunday

Image

Sean Weather 5/31 2

Image

Rochester restaurant prepares to open patio to public

Image

Sean Weather 5/31

Image

Rochester People's Rally

Image

Religious leaders call for justice for George Floyd

Image

Rochester downtown under curfew Saturday night

Image

Sean Weather 5/30

Image

Governor Walz GivesUpdate

Community Events