Suspect dead, three injured in YouTube headquarters shooting

Update 11 p.m.: The San Bruno Police Department released the identify of the woman who they said shot and injured three people at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno before turning the gun on herself.

Officials said the shooter is Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, of San Diego. According to media reports, Aghdam was upset at the company and accused YouTube of discriminating and filtering her videos.

Original Post: A woman shot and injured three people at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday before fatally shooting herself, police said.

At a press conference shortly before 5 p.m., police could not comment on the condition of the three victims who were rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. A fourth person was treated for ankle injuries while fleeing.

Police said the woman, whose identity was not released, used a handgun in the attack.

Officers arrived at the YouTube complex, located at 901 Cherry Ave., around 12:48 p.m. approximately two minutes after the first 911 calls were made, according to Ed Barberini, San Bruno’s police chief.

Responding officers found one victim with gunshot wounds before finding the female suspect in a courtyard area of the building.


An employee who wished to remain anonymous witnessed the scene from a building across the street while having lunch with two other people.

“We heard shots. I thought I heard around 10, but it was just a series of gunshots one after another, almost as if a bunch of firecrackers had gone off one after another,” she said. “But it was different. Then, when I peeked out, there were hoards of people literally running out of YouTube. People just looked really scared.”

Police were not aware of any motive for the shooting and expect the investigation to continue through the night. Barberini said there is no further threat to the community.

“The onus is now on law enforcement,” Barberini said about the investigation. “It’ll be a long night for us.”

It’s unclear whether the suspect is an employee of YouTube. Barberi said he believes the shooter gained access to the building while other people were exiting.

 “We are an incredibly tight-knit community at YouTube. … All of our hearts go out to the victims of this attack and our prayers are with them and their families,” said Chris Dale, head of communications for YouTube, during the press conference.


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