Disgruntled YouTube User Shoots Three at Company Offices—Employees Tweet From the Scene

April 4, 2018 Updated: April 4, 2018

A 39-year-old woman, apparently upset about YouTube’s policies, shot up the video hosting company’s offices in San Bruno, California, on April 3 before shooting herself.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a resident of San Diego, came onto the YouTube campus and opened fire seemingly at random with a 9-mm handgun, which she later turned on herself.

“It is believed the suspect was upset with the policies and practices of YouTube,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told the Washington Post. “This appears to be the motive for this incident.”

“At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted,” said a statement issued by the department.

The YouTube Campus shooter, Nasim Najafi Aghdam (San Bruno Police Department)
The YouTube Campus shooter, Nasim Najafi Aghdam (San Bruno Police Department)

Three people were treated for gunshot wounds, and one for a twisted ankle sustained while fleeing the scene.

Two of the shooting victims have been released from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The third was still in critical condition on the morning of April 4.

According to the Post, Aghdam frequently posted videos about veganism, fitness, and animal abuse.

Law enforcement stands watch outside of the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Law enforcement outside of the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California on April 3, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

YouTube Manager Describe Shooting in Stream of Tweets

Todd Sherman, a YouTube project manager, described the assault in a series of tweets sent while he was leaving the YouTube campus in an Uber ride-share car.

Sherman started by telling his followers that he was safe. He followed that by describing people rushing down the building’s halls towards the exits as sounding like an earthquake.


Police search a building at YouTube's corporate headquarters as an active shooter situation was underway in San Bruno, California on April 03, 2018. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Police search a building at YouTube’s corporate headquarters as an active shooter situation was underway in San Bruno, California on April 03, 2018. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Sherman had no idea why people were running but he could tell that something serious was happening.  

Then someone told him there was a person with a gun on the YouTube campus.

Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May, 26, 2010. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
Employees work at the Youtube headquarters in San Bruno, California on May 26, 2010. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Sherman related that after he heard there was a shooter on the campus, he was scared to see people running by, because any one of them could have been the shooter.


As he left the building, Sherman said he saw blood pooling on the floor. He watched police cruisers rushing towards the campus and unloading officers armed with rifles.

Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters on April 3, 2018 in San Bruno, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Police in tactical gear walk outside of the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, on April 3, 2018. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Another employee, Vadim Lavrusik, decided not to join the throngs fleeing. Instead, he and some coworkers barricaded themselves in an office.

Lavrusik was able to escape unharmed.

From NTD.tv

 

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