Police have been called to YouTube’s global headquarters in Silicon Valley amid reports of a gunman on the loose.
A local hospital confirmed to Fox News it was receiving “multiple patients” but did not give any details of numbers or injuries.
An official in San Bruno, California, told local television that there had been “multiple 911 calls” and police were asking local people to avoid the area.
“We are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.”
In a statement, San Bruno police said: “We are working in an active investigation at YouTube. We’re asking that you just follow us on social media for any updates.”
Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube employee, tweeted that he and his colleagues 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.
“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.”
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.
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