YouTube and its California headquarters became the latest victim of gun violence in the United States. Four people were reportedly injured, and one killed after a shooter opened fire at YouTube‘s headquarters in San Bruno, California. According to NYT, the California police confirmed the shooter to be a woman, who died for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This is the second major such incident in the US after a gunman went on a shooting spree to kill 17, and injure another 17 students at Parkland, Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School. The incident led to a mass rallies across the States requesting US regulators to bring tighter gun control. Today’s gunfire at YouTube headquarters shows that it is not just students, but also the tech workers who are under threat from gun violence.
There are no words to describe the tragedy that occurred today. @SusanWojcicki & I are focused on supporting our employees & the @YouTube community through this difficult time together. Thank you to the police & first responders for their efforts, and to all for msgs of support.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 3, 2018
There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today. Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.
— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) April 4, 2018
While the motive of the suspect in today’s incident remains unclear, there is now an unified call for gun control from major tech CEOs. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a strong call for gun control along with link to March for Our Lives movement website. “We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots,” he wrote. “It’s beyond time to evolve our policies,” he said in his tweet.
We’re also aware of the misinformation being spread on Twitter. We’re tracking, learning, and taking action. We‘re working diligently on product solutions to help. https://t.co/V8vmxgFkmR
— jack (@jack) April 3, 2018
As with any major news these days, the YouTube shooting incident led to spread of false information on major social media platforms. Dorsey tweeted that the company is tracking, learning and taking action against the spread of misinformation. Dara Khosrowshahi, the new chief of ride-hailing startup Uber, also expressed his support to tech workers at YouTube and Google, and made a plea to end gun violence. Since taking over from Travis Kalanick, Khowsrowshahi has championed social causes and was one of the first to raise voice against travel ban imposed by Trump administration.
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) April 3, 2018
There also messages of support from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos but they missed out on calling for a stronger gun control reform. Chad Hurley, the former CEO of YouTube, posted that he is praying for his friends at YouTube.
From everyone at Apple, we send our sympathy and support to the team at YouTube and Google, especially the victims and their families.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 3, 2018
On behalf of all of Microsoft, our hearts are with everyone at YouTube and Google today and all those affected. https://t.co/dijMxGXGpD
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) April 4, 2018
Horrible and truly tragic day for YouTube and Google. We are wishing all our very best for the injured and all those affected.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 3, 2018
Praying for my friends @YouTube!
— Chad Hurley (@Chad_Hurley) April 3, 2018
Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
President Donald Trump also tweeted support for the victims, and appreciated the work of first responders and law enforcement offices. However, he didn’t speak about his stance on gun control law and whether he will sign new amendments to protect his fellow citizens in the wake of new gun violence killing students and tech workers in a span of just two months.