The shooter who died at YouTube’s offices in California was reportedly an animal rights activist and content creator.
Police have named the suspect who allegedly shot one man and two women before reportedly turning the gun on herself as Nasim Aghdam.
The 39-year-old, of Southern California, is believed to have approached the offices around lunchtime and began to fire before entering the building of Google-owned YouTube.
This is the person responsible for the YouTube killing. It is reported that this person is a woman from Iran.
I know I have some questions. ? pic.twitter.com/usLicUx9oW
— Notmynigel (@notmynigel) April 4, 2018
Police, FBI, and ambulance crews were all called out to the scene. Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has said they are treating patients from the incident – however no details concerning their injuries have been revealed as of yet, reports BBC News.
Police said there is no evidence to suggest she knew the victims: a 36-year-old man, who is reportedly in a critical condition, and two women aged 32 and 27; police are still investigating a motive.
According to NBC, she said in a video posted in January last year YouTube ‘discriminated and filtered’ her content.
In the video, Aghdam reportedly said her channel used to get lots of views but is being ‘filtered’ by the company.
On the website NasimeSabz.com, which has been identified as her website by the San Francisco Chronicle, she had published several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with rants against YouTube.
YouTube shooting suspect Nasim Aghdam, who describes herself as a vegan artist, bodybuilder, and animal rights activist, often lashed out at the video platform for censoring and demonetizing her content pic.twitter.com/AsQiCz3SHB
— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) April 4, 2018
Aghdam described herself as a vegan artist, bodybuilder, and animal rights activist, on her site.
According to the Telegraph, a message on her YouTube accounts said the pages were removed due to ‘multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Term of Service violations’.
On her site, she wrote:
There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!
YOUTUBE SUSPECT’s bro
says #NasimAghdam lived in SD & spoke to mom every day. Fam hadn't heard from her in a while, so they tried visiting her Fri. They reported her missing day later. Bro says cops found her in NorCal this morning. Bro says he warned them to keep an eye on her pic.twitter.com/FXUGjOpr3W
— Zohreen (@Zohreen) April 4, 2018
According to NBC, Aghdam’s family said she was a ‘longtime YouTube user who felt she had been cheated’.
Her dad, Ismail Aghdam, told the site, YouTube ‘stopped everything and now she has no income’, and said his daughter ‘was at YouTube on Tuesday but said he did not know how she was involved in the incident’.
— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 4, 2018
Her brother told Fox 11:
She had a problem with YouTube. We called the cops and told them there’s a reason she went from San Diego to that, so she might do something.
I didn’t know she had a gun. I didn’t know she’d start a fight. The cop told us they’d keep an eye on her
After 12 hours the shooting happened. She got killed, the other three people got hurt. I did my best to avoid it but looks like cop didn’t do their job.
The police have asked for anyone with any information to contact the San Bruno Police Department on (650) 616-7100 or by email: [email protected]