The brother of a woman suspected of carrying out the ‘YouTube shooting’ at the company headquarters said he’d warned police his sister ‘might do something’.
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, from Southern California, is believed to have approached the offices around lunchtime, beginning to fire before entering the building of Google-owned YouTube.
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’, adding how his daughter ‘was at YouTube on Tuesday but said he did not know how she was involved in the incident’.
Her brother told Fox 11 he’d actually warned the police 12 hours before the shooting happened:
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 [sic] didn’t do their job.
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 yesterday (April 3). 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’s no evidence to suggest she knew the victims, a 36-year-old man, who’s reportedly in a critical condition, as well as 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.
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
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’d published several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with rants against YouTube.
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! [sic]
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
President Trump has, as always, tweeted his ‘thoughts and prayers’ following the shooting. No mention of gun laws though…
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]