- In an email to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described the Tuesday shooting at YouTube’s headquarters as an “unimaginable tragedy.”
- He also expressed gratitude to local law enforcement and YouTube’s security team for reacting fast.
- Pichai’s statement was shared on social media by Google.
Hours after the shooting at YouTube’s San Bruno, California, headquarters on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent employees a memo addressing the incident, in which authorities say a woman wounded three people with gunfire before killing herself.
In the statement, Pichai described the shooting as an “unimaginable tragedy” and a “horrific act of violence.” See the tweet and read the email in full below:
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) April 3, 2018
Pichai also addressed the shooting on his personal Twitter account. See his tweet below:
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
The full text of Pichai’s email:
Earlier this afternoon, while our employees were having lunch, we received reports of an active shooter at YouTube in San Bruno. Law enforcement and our security team worked to evacuate the buildings and prioritise the safety of everyone there.
The best information we have is that the situation is contained. It’s with great sadness that I tell you-based on the latest information-four people were injured in this horrific act of violence. We’re doing everything we can to support them and their families at this time.
I’m grateful to everyone inside and outside the company for the outpouring of support and best wishes. I am especially thankful to the first responders and our own security team who acted so quickly to keep people safe.
I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.
Let’s everyone come together now to support Susan and the YouTube team.
More on the YouTube shooting:
- Police reportedly found and questioned Nasim Aghdam on the morning of the YouTube shooting, then let her go
- This timeline shows exactly how the YouTube shooting unfolded
- The woman who opened fire at YouTube’s offices seemed to have history criticising the video platform online
- A tragic day at YouTube: Photos show the chaotic scene as police responded to the shooting
- ‘Get out, get out! This is not a drill!’: Witnesses to the YouTube shooting describe moments of panic
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