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Update: Possible Active Shooter Reported at YouTube HQ (theverge.com) 788

Police have responded to multiple 911 calls at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. From a report: Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at the company, tweeted that there is an active shooter on campus. The San Bruno Police Department instructed people to stay away from 901 Cherry Avenue, where the company is located. Multiple 911 calls have been received from inside the building, according to a report from local news station KRON. In a Twitter thread, YouTube product manager Todd Sherman said that employees first thought there had been an earthquake. People began running out of their meetings, he said, but before reaching the exit, they got word that someone had a gun. Sherman said he saw blood on the floor and the stairs. He also said the shooter may have committed suicide. Vadim Lavrusik, who works at YouTube's products team, tweeted, "Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers."

Update 20:30 GMT: Google has issued the following statement, "we are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available." San Bruno Police said it was "responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive."

Update 20:40 GMT: CBS San Francisco reports: KPIX 5 reporter Andria Borba said at least two Homeland Security units were responding. Police radio transmissions describe casualties being taken to local hospitals. San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said the hospital received patients from the incident but could not confirm a number. Update 21:20 GMT: ABC News is reporting that the suspected shooter is a white adult female, and that this is "leaning towards a workplace violence situation."

Update 21:30 GMT: Law enforcement has confirmed that the shooter was a white female dressed in a headscarf. The woman reportedly shot her boyfriend then herself. It's unclear exactly how many people have been injured, but early reports estimate at least 9-10 victims. There is no word on their conditions.

Update 03:10 GMT: ABC7 News is reporting that the shooter has been identified as Nasim Aghdam. She reportedly had a website with an alleged manifesto that targeted YouTube for censorship and demonetization of her video content. Contrary to previous reports, she is said to have no relationship with anyone in the YouTube facility.

UPDATE 03:40 GMT: Aghdam's website can be found here.

Update 04:15 GMT: The shooter is believed to have known at least one of the victims, two law enforcement officials told CNN. Other sources suggest the shooter drove up from San Diego. YouTube says her YouTube channel "has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations."
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Update: Possible Active Shooter Reported at YouTube HQ

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  • Maybe someone finally really showed looking up for their "Internet money". (South Park reference that I'm too lazy to attach.)
  • by Kohath ( 38547 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @04:35PM (#56375071)

    California has pretty strict gun laws. How could anyone get a gun to YouTube HQ?

    • You're delusional. While California has slightly stricter gun laws than, say, Georgia, they are still widely and easily available. Besides which, like Chicago, there is no non-peeing part of the swimming pool.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Kohath ( 38547 )

        Strict gun laws don’t make us safe?

        • No they do not.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      California is surrounded by states without strict gun laws, and has no way to prevent illegal guns from being smuggled in. Kinda like Chicago. Hence the desire by many who advocate stronger gun laws to do so at a Federal level, where they can't be easily bypassed.
    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @05:13PM (#56375423)

      We all know gun control isn't the answer. Thoughts and prayers are!

  • by NewtonsLaw ( 409638 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @04:36PM (#56375087)

    Isn't going into YouTube HQ with a loaded gun and shooting people a violation of the terms of service?

    Does this gunman not understand that this will almost certainly result in a strike against his account?

    Talk about reckless!

  • Well that, or some random just went crazy. Possibly among the companies own personal.

    One thing for certain though: this will go political in about 5 fucking minutes.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @05:11PM (#56375393) Homepage
    sbpd: we came as quick as we got the call. So you guys are saying your abundant coverage of Videogames has caused a violent shooting?
    Youtube: what? no thats not whats happening at --
    sbpd: So video games themselves have started shooting people? or the people inside are playing some kind of video game that makes you shoot people?
    Youtube: we never mentioned video games at all guys, this is a real --
    sbpd: I get it. some kind of twitch stream where the pokemans are in augmented reality...it was only a matter of time.
    Youtube: thats nonsense...none of that makes any sense...
    Homeland Security: so due to legislative prioritization we dont really have any ability to stop whats going on except with thoughts and prayers. Also we're technically not allowed to be here unless its some kind of copyright infringement.
  • SERIOUSLY (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cstacy ( 534252 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @05:13PM (#56375417)

    As one of the most snarky people on Slashdot, and having even first-posted a Youtube joke here, I would like to in all seriousness express my sadness that people were attacked, injured, and I hope they all survive and recover. This is a tragedy, both for the individuals involved and their families, and for our society. I am sure that I can speak for many people, with many opinions about the societal implications and wildly differing views on the etiology of these kinds of attacks, when I say here that we give our condolences to the victims and their loved ones.

    I wanted there to be at least one non-political non-asshole comment to this effect on Slashdot.

  • by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @05:31PM (#56375551) Homepage Journal

    Don't have links or citations, I'm watching local TV and radio news here in California. As with early reports of a breaking story, many or all of these details could be wrong. Take with a grain of salt.

    - Shooter is described as a white female, wearing a dark headscarf.

    - One witness says she shot her boyfriend, 10 times.

    - Coroner has been called, so at least one person is dead

    - Suspect also reported dead possibly from a self-inflicted wound

    - At least 4 bystanders were hit by gunfire

  • by mi ( 197448 ) <slashdot-2017q4@virtual-estates.net> on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @05:40PM (#56375609) Homepage Journal

    Arm yourself — police have no obligation to defend you [nytimes.com] and even if they choose to do it, you may not be their top priority [nytimes.com].

    Self-defense is an inalienable human right — which also happens to be recorded in America's 2nd Constitutional Amendment.

  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @08:52PM (#56376881) Journal

    So over the past few years we've seen article upon article about "white toxic masculinity" causing people to go postal with guns.

    While I feel like a ghastly person for doing it, fuck those people who've done this over the years, shaming people for who they are.

    Is it time for a 'toxic femininity' article? I doubt it.

    • Where are exactly are these toxic masculinity articles you're reading all the time?

      Also, let us know when there's another female shooting like this to support your article. You need at least 2 to start I think.

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