Many witnesses described scenes of chaos among those present in the building, located in San Bruno, about 20 kilometers south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley where many technology groups have their neighborhoods. general. Sign of the panic that grabbed the employees at the time of the shots, a fourth person injured his ankle by fleeing the scene, said the police. According to the website of YouTube 1,100 people work on the site.
Police discovered on the spot the corpse of a woman "carrying gunshot wounds that she seems to have inflicted on herself "and who seems to be the author of the shots. According to the police, the alleged gunman "knew someone", which makes him favor the track of the dispute of private or family order. This seems to confirm several testimonies, including a YouTube employee, wishing to remain anonymous and indirect witness of the scene, who told AFP that "a woman burst at lunch time and seemed to shoot at a particular person "
The gunman used a handgun," San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini said at a news conference. "There are three victims" injured by bullets, he detailed, adding that they had been hospitalized. According to the Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, who treated the three wounded, one of the victims is in a "critical" situation.
"An Unimaginable Tragedy"
A YouTube employee who wished to keep anonymity, said on CNN that it was "video conference" at the time of the shots, which occurred around 12:46 local (19:46 GMT). She described people who "suddenly started running and shouting". Aerial footage of the US channels showed chairs and inverted tables in an inner courtyard of the building, where, according to several accounts, employees are used to taking their lunch break, while witnesses said on Twitter that they saw
In mid-afternoon local time, small groups of employees left the site in special buses, without speaking to the press while emergency vehicles and police were still on site , noted an AFP journalist. The boss of Google Sundar Pichai, parent company of YouTube, evoked in a written message to employees "an unimaginable tragedy". "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved," tweeted US President Donald Trump . "Thanks to our phenomenal law enforcement officers and rescue workers who are currently on site."
Women shootings are extremely rare: according to an FBI study, covering 160 events between 2000 and 2013, involving one or more shooters on public roads, in shops, workplaces or schools. In only 6 cases was the person who fired a woman, 3.8%.
This new shootout comes as the endless US firearms debate continues to sharply divide public opinion, particularly after the killings at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 that killed 17.
More than 1.5 million people participated on March 24 in the United States in the United States. "Walk for our lives" calling for greater gun control. These gatherings are the largest in the country in at least two decades. The organizers of this "March for our lives" tweeted after Tuesday's shooting: "Our hearts are with you, @YouTube"