A Carl’s Jr. worker leapt into action to aid one of the victims of the shooting at YouTube headquarters

YouTube employees sought refuge in a Carl's Jr. restaurant after a shooting on Tuesday.

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YouTube employees sought refuge in a Carl’s Jr. restaurant after a shooting on Tuesday.
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  • When a shooting broke out at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday, a woman shot in the leg sought refuge at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant located across the street.
  • Customers helped the woman inside, they said, and a store supervisor named Michael Finney tied a makeshift tourniquet made from a bungee cord to stop the bleeding.
  • The two female victims of the YouTube shooting have been released from the hospital. A male victim remains hospitalized, but his condition has improved.

Michael Finney, a 21-year-old supervisor of Carl’s Jr. restaurant, was taking a bathroom break on Tuesday when he heard loud banging noises from the YouTube campus across the street.

Witnesses described the sound like a nail gun from someone doing construction.

Then people came running down Cherry Avenue, trampling over each other as they fled the scene of a shooting that left one dead and three people injured from gunfire on Tuesday.

Customers at the Carl’s Jr. waved a group of three of them into the restaurant.

“We heard the shots, and I went up to the window, like, what’s going on? I saw people running,” a Carl’s Jr. customer, who declined to give his name, told Business Insider in the hours after the shooting.

“I opened the door, ‘Come in, come in, come in,'” he said.

One woman, helped by two friends, was bleeding from the leg. Customers told Business Insider that a bullet had passed through her calf; they said they saw the entry and exit wounds.

“I came out and that’s when I saw her,” Finney told USA Today.

YouTube employees sought refuge at a Carl's Jr. restaurant located across the street from the YouTube campus.

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YouTube employees sought refuge at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant located across the street from the YouTube campus.
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Finney bolted toward the wounded woman and tried to stem the bleeding with her sweatshirt, but it wasn’t working, he told The Mercury News.

He rushed into the Carl’s Jr. office and returned with a green bungee cord, about a foot long, and the group wrapped it tightly above the woman’s calf, according to USA Today.

“Everyone was figuring out what to do,” Finney told The Mercury News. “I was trying to stay calm and see what I could do. Everybody is shocked.”

An ambulance arrived and drove the victim away. Her identity is not yet known.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday that Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has released two victims of the shooting: a 32-year-old woman admitted in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman admitted in fair condition. The third victim, a 36-year-old man, remains hospitalized but his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.

The shooter, a 39-year-old video blogger named Nasim Aghdam, died of self-inflicted gunfire.

Employees of Carl's Jr. stood outside the restaurant in the hours after the shooting.

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Employees of Carl’s Jr. stood outside the restaurant in the hours after the shooting.
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Finney told USA Today that in the heat of the moment, he was just trying to “stay professional.” He added: “You know, I have a job, and I represent the store.”

His goal is to work his way up into management and later go to college. Finney is considering a career in automotive repair and said he enjoys working on his old Honda vehicle.

A spokesperson for the Carl’s Jr. parent company confirmed the incident to Business Insider.

Business Insider reporter Greg Sandoval contributed to this report.