On Security

Living in a Time of Twitter and Mass Murder in the U.S.

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Apr 10, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
An attacker armed with a handgun targeted employees at YouTube's San Bruno, California, campus. Three people were wounded in the shooting, which received massive media attention.

Gunshots erupted at YouTube's offices in California on Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response, before the shooter -- a woman -- apparently committed suicide. Police said three people had been hospitalized with gunshot injuries following the shooting.

(JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

On nice days YouTube employees would enjoy their lunch hour in the enclosed courtyard at the company headquarters in San Bruno, California. However, that lunchtime routine was shattered on April 3, when a woman entered the courtyard through an unlocked gate from the parking garage and opened fire with a 9 mm handgun. She wounded three YouTube employees -- one remains hospitalized -- before taking her own life. The shooting unfolded in real time on social media and cable news, captivating public attention. It also illustrates two points: how media coverage of such shootings creates more vicarious than actual victims and how that coverage makes the United States appear to be more dangerous than it is....

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