A woman injured three people and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday, CNBC reported citing police. One of the victims was in critical condition.
San Bruno police identified the woman Tuesday night as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, or San Diego. Law enforcement sources said she used a 9mm handgun. US media say Aghdam was angry that YouTube was filtering her videos and reducing the money she could make.
But San Bruno police said Tuesday night that a motive is still under investigation, and "at this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted."
Aghdam was angry at YouTube because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform.
San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said in a press conference that three victims were found on the scene with gunshot-related injuries, and one person was deceased with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Three victims were taken to San Francisco General Hospital and a hospital administrator said in a press conference that one was in fair condition, one was in serious condition, and one patient was in critical condition.
Zach Voorhies, a YouTube software engineer, said in an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball" that he heard yelling and that "when I arrived near the courtyard, I heard somebody yelling, 'Do you want to shoot me?'"
"I looked to my left, which was his left, and I saw somebody lying on their back on the concrete with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the stomach," Voorhies said.
Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, YouTube’s parent company, said in an email to staff the shooting was an “unimaginable tragedy” and that the company was working to support the victims and their families. Chris Dale, YouTube’s global head of communications, expressed “a debt of gratitude” to officers and first responders.