Police Identify YouTube Shooter Who “Hated” the Company

A woman who went on a shooting rampage at the headquarters of YouTube has been identified as a user who was disgruntled over the video-sharing website’s policies that limited her audience.

San Bruno Police Department identified the woman as 39-year-old San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam in a statement.

They said Ms Aghdam approached an outdoor patio and dining courtyard at the YouTube campus around lunchtime and fired a handgun before entering the building.

A fourth person injured their ankle while trying to escape the shooting.

The three people who were shot were not specifically targeted.

“At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted,” the police said in the statement.

San Bruno Police were investigating on Wednesday why Iranian-born Ms Aghdam targeted the company on Tuesday local time.

“The San Bruno Police Department is investigating a motive for this shooting,” they said.

A review of her postings online in Persian and English revealed resentment and anger at the video-sharing company.

“BE AWARE! Dictatorships exist in all countries. But with different tactics, They care only for short term profits,” she wrote on a website called NasimeSabz.com, which translates to “Green Breeze” from Persian.

The website had several posts from MsAghdam about Persian culture and veganism, as well as rants against YouTube.

“I am being discriminated. I am being filtered on YouTube. I am not the only one,” Ms Aghdam said in an English language video on YouTube before her channel was deleted on Tuesday.

“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to.”

Ms Aghdam’s father Ismail Aghdam told the Bay Area News Group said he reported her missing after she did not answer her phone for two days.

He had warned police that his daughter might go to YouTube because she disliked the company after his family received a call from Mountain View police early on Tuesday telling them they found her sleeping in a car.

Mountain View Police confirmed they found a woman with the same name asleep in a Mountain View car park on Tuesday morning.

They said she declined to answer further questions.

Calls to 911 began at around 12:46pm local time on Tuesday, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said.

Police arrived at the scene and secured the campus, with responding officers from several police agencies and tactical teams searching the offices finding no other suspects.

US President Donald Trump praised emergency services and authorities for their quick response.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Thank you to our phenomenal law enforcement officers and first responders that are currently on the scene.”

Sundar Pichai, CEO of YouTube’s parent company Google said in a message sent to employees that the company was supporting its employees in the wake of the shooting.

“I know a lot of you are in shock right now,” he said.

“Over the coming days we will continue to provide support to help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”

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