The shooting took place at the sprawling headquarters of YouTube which is located in San Bruno, California, on Tuesday.
A shooting, which took place at the headquarters of YouTube in California, has left at least three people injured, with the female suspected of carrying out the shooting dead of a suspected suicide, police says.
Ed Barberini, the police chief in San Bruno, told reporters that the police responded vigilantly to 911 calls made from the tech campus of Silicon Valley on Tuesday.
After reaching the scene, the police found the dead body of a woman, whom they suspect to be the shooter. The woman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he further said.
Barberini further noted that a handgun was used to carry out the attack and that after the shooter killed herself, the public does not have any further threat.
Of the four people who were transported to the nearby hospitals, police said, three of them had suffered gunshot wounds. All of them are hospitalized at the San Francisco General Hospital and two of them – a 36-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman – are in serious condition.
Police have further confirmed the name of the suspect as Nasim Aghdam, who they say posted videos on YouTube venting anger at the video streaming giant.
The data of such ‘’active shooter’’ incidents reveals that it is an extreme rarity that a woman is involved in one of them. According to an FBI report – which compiles data on 160 such incidents between 2000 and 2013, only six of the perpetrators were women.
Who was the Suspect?
Nasim Aghdam, the woman which the police identified as the perpetrator of YouTube attack, was a 39-year-old woman of Iranian descent who was a resident of California.
Before the shooting, she had a personal account on YouTube. It was in one of these videos that she berated the platform for filtering her posts and discriminated against her.
Following the shooting, YouTube deleted and terminated her account. Her Facebook and Instagram accounts have also been removed from the respective platforms.
What’s the reaction?
Chris Dale, the spokesperson of YouTube, took to social media to praise the way police handled the situation.
This is a sad day for the @YouTube family. We are a close knit community and our hearts go out to everyone impacted. We are grateful to @SanBrunoPolice, the San Bruno Mayor's office, congresswoman @RepSpeier office and first responders.
— Chris Dale (@cadale) April 4, 2018
Twitter, meanwhile, that it was horrified by the situation.
President Trump thanked the Enforcement Officers and First Responders for their efforts.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018