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- San Bruno police have identified the suspected shooter who opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday as Nasim Aghdam.
- Three people received gunshot wounds, including one man and two women. One other person was injured. The suspect died of a self-inflicted wound, police said. An investigation is underway at the internet company’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, about 13 miles south of San Francisco.
- It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but some local news outlets have cited sources who said it may have been related to a domestic dispute.
Aghdam, a 39 year-old San Diego resident, is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at one of YouTube’s buildings, according to a law-enforcement source and multiple news reports. The suspect reportedly used a handgun during the shooting.
A law-enforcement source told Business Insider that investigators said they do not believe the shooting is connected to international terrorism, and instead, said it may have been a domestic dispute between the shooter and her boyfriend who worked for YouTube.
Aghdam reportedly drove from Southern California to San Bruno, according to KRON-4 News.
Aghdam, who had a YouTube channel, ranted against the company that “discriminated and filtered” her content, NBC reported. She claimed in the video that her channel began receiving fewer views once the company filtered her content.
“There is not equal growth opportunity on You Tube,” Aghdam reportedly said in a Facebook post in 2017.
At least four victims were transported to nearby hospitals, including San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Medical Center, according to San Burno Police Department chief Ed Barberini.
Law enforcement officials who arrived at the scene at 12:48 p.m. found several victims with gunshot wounds in what was described as a “very chaotic” scene, Barberini said in a press conference.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) also said on Twitter that it was responding to the incident.
Google, which owns YouTube, tweeted that it was coordinating with authorities “to evacuate the buildings and ensure the safety of employees in the area.”
Social media posts on the shooting began emerging in the afternoon describing the scenes that unfolded:
Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018
We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake. https://t.co/gmolQmRXm1
— Todd Sherman (@tdd) April 3, 2018