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Youtube Headquarters was attacked by a Female Shooter

PHOTO: YouTube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTO: YouTube headquaters is pictured in San Bruno, California. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

The USA again in the news with news of mass gun  shooting, this time a Female shooter, at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California.

Police said they arrived to a “very chaotic scene” as employees fled the building.

“Upon arriving, officers found a chaotic situation with employees streaming out of the building,” he said.

“We did encounter one victim with apparent gunshot wound towards the front of the building as we arrived.

“Several minutes later, while conducting a search of the premises, officers located a second individual with a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.

The scenes following the shooting at the headquarters of YouTube in San Bruno, California Credit: Reuters

“There were two more at an adjacent business.”

An employee at a nearby Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant said one of the victims came in after being shot.

The employee told KTVU the female victim had a gunshot wound to her calf and he tied a makeshift tourniquet around it.

None of the victims were named last night, but Fox News reported that one of the victims was the shooter’s boyfriend, and police were not treating the incident as terrorism.

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 Female Shooter is Rare

Mass shootings by women are exceptionally rare.

A FBI study of shootings from 2000 to 2013 found that, of 160 incidents, only six were carried out by a female attacker.
Most men, of course, go through life without killing anyone. And motives for crime are very individual; not all women and men who kill do so for the same reasons. Each case is unique, experts stress. But something in the combination of male biology and socialization makes men more prone to violence. Notably, the gender gap in violence is found in almost every culture around the world, Garbarino said.

There are no simple answers. The easiest theory to digest is probably an evolutionary one: Males, over hundreds of thousands of years of development, have historically been rewarded for aggression. A tendency toward violence is seen in chimpanzees, humans’ closest living primate relative. (Bonobos, humanity’s other close primate family member, are far more peaceful, though recent research has shown they are drawn to jerks.) Violence can beget status for males, both in chimps and in humans (just look at how many action heroes get the girl). And for males, a lack of status can mean missing out on the chance to mate.

Indeed, sexual frustration is a theme running through the writings of many male mass shooters, Lankford said. Many shooters leave manifestos explicitly detailing their hatred of women and of men who seemed to navigate relationships with women with ease.

“By contrast, I’m not aware of any female attackers, even though we have a small sample, I don’t know that any of them complained about not being able to have sex,” Lankford said.

Shaken YouTube Employees

Emergency services are on the scene at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California

About 1,700 people work on the YouTube campus, ABC San Francisco station KGO reported.

Shaken YouTube employees were left reeling from the incident, which was over in less than an hour.

Todd Sherman, a product manager in the building, wrote on Twitter:  “We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake.”

On the way out of the building he “looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs”.

He added: “Police cruisers pulled up, hopped out with rifles ready and I told them where the situation was.”

Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube employee, tweeted that he and his colleagues were inside the offices and saw people running and barricaded themselves inside the offices.

After around 20 minutes he tweeted again to say that he had been evacuated, and footage from helicopters showed hundreds of employees leaving the sprawling campus, being checked for weapons as they went.

Eye Witnesses Reports

“I was on a video conference with someone in the building when it happened,” one woman, who did not want to be identified, told CNN.

“We were suddenly aware of people running and screaming. The people on the video conference became scared and said: ‘I have to get out of here.’

“We called security, who had already been made aware of the incident. We heard on the video conference sounds of people running and screaming, but it was hard to hear anything else at that time.”

The woman said her colleague later told her that she did not hear any shots.

A female bystander told KTVU television: “I heard boom, boom, boom. Then I heard it again. It was loud and then like it was going away.”

Breaking down, she added: “I’m having a hard time. Don’t get me started on guns.”

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Way Forward

In a statement Google, which owns YouTube, said: “Regarding the YouTube situation, we are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available.”

As at the time of compiling this post, the identity of the shooter was not yet know. Investigation is on going and the State of California Police is on top of it.

YouTube announced last month that it would ban content promoting the sale of guns and gun accessories as well as videos that teach how to make guns.  It is not yet known if there is any relationship of this with the shooting.

The San Bruno offices house 1,700 employees in a largely open-plan environment, in four different buildings.

YouTube employees can work from treadmill desks, travel around the campus by scooter and bring their dogs to work.

The campus also has a lap pool and a putting green for employees to use.

There is security at all the buildings, the employee told CNN.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Donald Trump had been briefed and the administration was monitoring the situation.

This is a developing story, check back for Updates.

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