YouTube shooting suspect identified as disgruntled content creator, three injured victims rushed to hospital

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SAN BRUNO, CA —  At approximately 12:46 p.m. on April 3, San Bruno police received numerous calls of gunfire heard at the YouTube headquarters.

Within two minutes, police were on the scene.

Authorities found three victims with gunshot wounds who were rushed to San Francisco General Hospital.

“We have two females and one male. The females are ages 32 — that patient is in serious condition,” said spokesman Brent Andrew. “We have a 27-year-old female in fair condition and we have a 36-year-old male who is in critical condition.”

The deceased suspect was also found with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say the alleged shooter in Tuesday’s attack at YouTube’s San Bruno California headquarters has been identified as Nasim Aghdam.

Aghdam was a content creator who posted hundreds of videos on YouTube across multiple channels in several languages.

Aghdam’s website targets YouTube for demonetizing her videos and cutting her ad revenue.

“Currently there is no evidence linking Aghdam to any individuals at the scene at the time of this incident,” said San Bruno Police Dept. Chief Ed Barberini. “A Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun registered to the suspect was recovered at the scene. Investigators also learned that the suspect went to a local gun range yesterday, yesterday morning, prior to visiting YouTube.”

Aghdam posted hundreds of videos on YouTube across multiple channels in several languages.

Aghdam’s website targets YouTube for demonetizing her videos and cutting her ad revenue.

Meanwhile, Filipino-Americans were among the YouTube employees who were in lockdown because of the shooting.

Located less than half a mile away from YouTube headquarters, ABS-CBN’s Star Kargo warehouse made sure to protect themselves as soon as news of the shooting broke.

“The first thing I thought of, first of all, this guy could be at large. He could be cruising around somewhere. They haven’t caught him yet. So what we did was basically lockdown the place. Lockdown the front door, close the garage, and then kind of assess the situation,” said Noel Kenery.

The San Bruno warehouse is a new location having set up operations there just over a year ago.

As the day-to-day operations continued despite the near-by tragedy, workers here say the threat of public shootings are unfortunately becoming normal.

“With all these shootings all over the place I wouldn’t say it’s not surprising but it’s crazy. It’s troublesome and it’s kind of sad.”

YouTube was purchased by Google in 2006.

In a response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai thanked first responders and assured employees assistance will be available.

More reports: http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/04/04/18/woman-wounds-three-at-youtube-headquarters-in-california-then-kills-self

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