Youtube Headquarters Shooting: Eyewitness Accounts

An active shooting situation at Youtube’s headquarters located in San Bruno, California, has caused massive panic and a strong police response April 3.

The company, located on Cherry Avenue, was highlighted in tweets as distraught and shaken employees who were racing out of the offices after 1 p.m.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a law enforcement source said at least two people were shot.

It is believed that the shooter is a woman, and law enforcement has no reason to believe that it was an act of terrorism at this time. Instead, they believe it was a case of workplace violence or a domestic situation, the Los Angeles Times reported.

San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson told KTVU that there is no active threat.

“The situation is being handled. We have adequate police responders handling to the situation,” Jackson told the station. “The public should stay away from the area.” There are dozens of police officers at the scene. Sky Fox shows people walking out of the building being patted down by police.

One eyewitness told KTVU that one victim, a woman, was shot “10 times” and was presumed to be dead. After which there were four more shots. The witness told the station that the shooting erupted in a courtyard of the YouTube headquarters where a party was being held.”

Another witness told MSNBC that he “could feel the sensation from the shots through my body.”

Police said in a news conference that four people were shot in different locations and the shooter is dead at the scene from a self-inflicted wound. They did not release further details.

Reports have stated that as many as 11 people might be injured, although it was not yet clear whether anyone had been killed.

A New York Times reporter was told that he was in a “safe place,” as seen in the below tweet time-stamped 2:20 p.m. PST.

“I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs,” Todd Sherman, who works at YouTube, tweeted. “Peaked [sic] around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front.”

Sherman later described the fear of not knowing who the shooter was. “At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter,” he wrote. “Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves.”

One witness said he didn’t have a gun on him, but wished that he had:

Scanner audio from the horrific scene can be heard below:

The San Mateo County Coroner was brought onto the scene, as can be viewed below:

“This officer said there are some injured people and that they’re clearing the building. Asks people to be patient,” @daiwaka tweeted at 2:23 p.m. PST:

Droves of people sent out well-wishes and prayers through Twitter:

“My heart goes out to everyone at @YouTube,” @RedVacktor tweeted.

“Schools, churches, concerts, movie theaters, sporting events, places of work, etc,” Eric Rosewood wrote. “The shooting at YouTube HQ is yet another reminder that we need stricter gun safety laws. My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless act of violence.”