Nasim Aghdam shot a man and two women at video sharing offices
The woman who opened fire on Youtube staff before killing herself at the video-sharing Giants headquarters in California has been identified as a frequent content creator for the site and was furious’ at their ‘dictatorial’ new policies.
Nasim Aghdam, 39, fired shots at one man and two women with a handgun when she stormed YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday afternoon.
Aghdam, a prolific Youtuber, had previously expressed her anger at the company’s new policies and accused them of censoring her videos.
Witnesses say Aghdam was wearing glasses and a scarf when she gained access to YouTube’s campus before opening fire on the employees.
Police now say they believe the incident was a “random shooting.”
Aghdam was also an animal rights activist and ‘vegan bodybuilder’ who had a significant presence on various Youtube channels and social media pages.
The DailyMail reports“: In a video that Aghdam posted back in January 2017, she vented about her content being censored. She also said that her YouTube channel, which had more than 5,000 subscribers, used to get many views but claimed she started getting less when the company ‘filtered’ her videos.
Aghdam’s YouTube channels and social media pages were all removed in the hours after the shooting.
Her father Ismail Aghdam said she had told family members that YouTube had stopped paying her for content she posted on the site. YouTube video creators can earn money from advertisements, but for various reasons the firm sometimes ‘de-monetizes’ channels meaning clips don’t run with adverts.
He told the Bay Area News Group that he had warned police his daughter hated YouTube and she might be headed to their headquarters.
Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.
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He had reported her missing from Southern California on Monday morning after she went two days without answering her phone. Ismail said police contacted him at about 2am on Tuesday to say they had found her sleeping in her car roughly 470 miles from her home town.
Ismail said police told him that everything was ‘in control’ but he told them she had spoken of her hatred of YouTube in recent weeks.
Hours later at about 1pm, officers and federal agents swarmed YouTube’s headquarters after dozens of panicked employees called 911 to report gunfire.
When they arrived, police found Aghdam dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said three people were taken to hospitals in San Francisco with gunshot wounds. Investigators do not believe Nasim Aghdam specifically targeted the three victims.
A 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition following the shooting.
Television news footage showed terrified employees leaving the building in a line, holding their arms in the air for police to inspect as they were leaving the building.
Officers patted down people to make sure none had weapons as police vehicles surrounded the area.
Senior software engineer Zach Vorhies said a fire alarm had gone off in the building and workers were calmly evacuating before they realized it was an active shooting.
Vorhies said as they were leaving he saw the shooter in a courtyard yelling: ‘Come at me, or come get me.’
He said he froze and then noticed a victim on his back with what looked like a gunshot wound to his stomach. Vorhies said an officer with an assault rifle then came through a security door.
Another employee, Dianna Arnspiger, said she was on the building’s second floor when she heard gun shots, ran to a window and saw the shooter on a patio outside.
She said the woman wore glasses and a scarf and was using a ‘big huge pistol.’
‘It was a woman and she was firing her gun. I just said, ‘Shooter,’ and everybody started running,’ Arnspiger said. ‘It was terrifying.’
The police chief said at a press conference that officers discovered one victim with a gunshot wound when they arrived and then found the shooter with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound several minutes later.
He said two additional gunshot victims were later located at an adjacent business and that a fourth injured person suffered an ankle injury.
The adjacent business was a Carl’s Jr on the same plaza where two women fled after being shot.
Police did not release any further information on the suspect or comment on her possible motives for the shooting rampage.
The shooting had no known connection to terrorism, US government security officials said.
Disturbing live accounts were given by YouTube employees who took to Twitter as the shooting unfolded.