Creators Demand "Change" After YouTube HQ Shooting
4 April 2018, 10:56
A YouTuber opened fire on staff at YouTube HQ on April 3rd
Creators have reacted with disbelief and sympathy to a shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California.
On April 3rd, a shooter opened fire on staff at YouTube HQ, wounding four people. The suspect, a 39-year-old woman named Nasim Aghdam, shot herself dead at the scene. Thanking the emergency services provided support during the incident, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said there were "no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter at YouTube."
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
The news sparked an outpouring of shock from YouTubers towards those caught up in the shooting, with many calling for tighter gun control across the US. Tyler Oakley said that "less possibility for gun violence" would be a "direct result" of reducing access to guns, while Miranda Sings actress Colleen Ballinger tweeted, "we need change."
catching up now on what's happening at @YouTube HQ. hoping everyone is safe & secure. yet again, hoping for less access to guns, & as a direct result, less possibility for gun violence. https://t.co/ka8GBRWrns— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) April 3, 2018
My heart is heavy knowing that every morning I wake up and just expect to hear about another shooting in our country. This shouldn’t be normal. We need change. 💔— Colleen Ballinger🎗 (@ColleenB123) April 3, 2018
I really hope everyone is okay at YT HQ. This is unacceptable.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) April 3, 2018
Others offered their sympathy and thoughts during the attack. Louise Pentland tweeted her sympathies, saying that "YouTube just feels like a home to me, a safe, happy place," while Lilly Singh said she was sending "positive energy."
I'm just staring at the news in disbelief. I'm on the other side of the world but YouTube just feels like home to me, a safe, happy place. I'm so concerned for you all out there. xxx— Louise (@LouisePentland) April 3, 2018
Thinking of all of you. Sending positive energy x ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/AMJ6vZiGdN— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) April 4, 2018
Police have said that they are still yet to uncover the shooter's motive, however reports suggest that Aghdam was angry at the platform after some of her YouTube videos were demonetised.