The trauma surgeon who helped treat the victims of the YouTube shooting in San Bruno has bemoaned the regularity of mass casualty attacks in the US.
Dr Andre Campbell, speaking outside San Francisco General Hospital, said it was yet another ‘terrible day’ for the country, adding: ‘We have to deal with this constantly’.
It came after a disgruntled woman who had repeatedly voiced complaints about the video giant opened fire with a handgun at the firm’s headquarters, wounding three people before shooting herself dead.
Witnesses say Nasim Aghdam, 39, was wearing glasses and a scarf when she managed to walk onto the tech company’s campus and open fire on employees.
Dr Andre Campbell, speaking outside San Francisco General Hospital, said it was yet another ‘terrible day’ for the country, adding: ‘We have to deal with this constantly’
Dr Campbell was concerned only with how routine it had become for his hospital to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies
The doctor said: ‘This is unfortunate – and it continues. You’d think after we’ve seen Las Vegas, Parkland, the Pulse nightclub shooting, that we would see an end to this. But we have not’
But Dr Campbell was concerned only with how routine it had become for his hospital to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies.
He said: ‘Once again, we are confronted with the specter of a mass casualty situation here in the city and county of San Francisco.
‘This is unfortunate – and it continues. You’d think after we’ve seen Las Vegas, Parkland, the Pulse nightclub shooting, that we would see an end to this. But we have not.’
He also spoke about the routine his staff go through whenever there is a mass casualty situation.
Doctors, nurses, therapists and others rush to the emergency room and begin triage.
‘We go through things from top to bottom,’ he said.
Earlier Tuesday, law enforcement said the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute but did not elaborate. It was not immediately clear why police later said the people shot were not specifically targeted.
One of the victims – a 36-year-old man – was in critical condition, a spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital said. A 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition, the spokesman said.
YouTube employee Dianna Arnspiger said she was on the building’s second floor when she heard gunshots, ran to a window and saw the shooter on a patio outside.
‘It was a woman and she was firing her gun. And I just said, `Shooter,’ and everybody started running,’ Arnspiger said.
Nasim Aghdam, 39, has been identified as the woman who shot a man and two women with a handgun when she stormed YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday
Vegan bodybuilder, singer, athlete, artist, and director are just some of the words that Nasim Aghdam used to describe herself. In one video (pictured), she hit out at YouTube for imposing an age restriction on her work out video
Authorities cover a body with a yellow tarp at YouTube’s headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday after a female shooter opened fire before she shot and killed herself
Aghdam, who is from Southern California but is Persian, regularly complained online that YouTube were filtering and demonetizing her various video channels
She and others hid in a conference room for an hour while another employee repeatedly called 911 for updates.
The world’s biggest online video website is owned by Silicon Valley giant Google, but company officials said it’s a tight-knit community.
The headquarters has more than a thousand engineers and other employees in several buildings.
Originally built in the late 1990s for the clothing retailer Gap, the campus south of San Francisco is known for its sloped green roof of native grasses.
Inside, Google several years ago famously outfitted the office with a 3-lane red slide for workers to zoom from one story to another.
‘Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube, all of the employees, were victims of this crime,’ said Chris Dale, a spokesman for YouTube.