UPDATE (5:45 pm): CNN reports that the shooter, a woman, is dead. Four or five YouTube employees are reportedly being treated in hospital.


The San Bruno Police Department have confirmed their activity around YouTube鈥檚 San Bruno, California headquarters today after reports surfaced online that an active shooter had entered the Google-owned company鈥檚 main offices this afternoon.

At around 1:00 pm PST, Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at the video streaming company, tweeted, 鈥淎ctive shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.鈥 He quickly followed up via a separate tweet that staff had been safely evacuated from the building.

Another product manager, Todd Sherman, posted a detailed play-by-play of the chaos and evacuation, which was first believed by some to be the result of an earthquake. Sherman鈥檚 tweets indicate that after leaving a meeting due to the mass exodus, he noticed blood stains on the floor and stairs of the building and was told by another employee that the shooter had exited and shot themselves. Sherman鈥檚 version of events has not been verified.

San Bruno Police also tweeted, noting their activity at 901 Cherry St, and asked people to stay away from the area. The address is YouTube HQ鈥檚 office block.

While there have been no further updates from the department, social media postings from staffers, their friends and those in nearby offices show an intense scene, including a lineup of employees with their hands up walking away from the building.

San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the city received multiple calls from inside the company鈥檚 headquarters, as well as surrounding areas, reporting gunshots. Google鈥檚 communications department tweeted that the company was working with law enforcement.

There have been no further comments from YouTube, their parent company Alphabet Inc., or the San Bruno Police since first reports surfaced just after the lunch hour.

This story is developing.