The suspect's final days — YouTube shooting

Apr 09, 2018, 01:28
The suspect's final days — YouTube shooting

Aghdam was found asleep in a vehicle in a parking lot in Mountain View, California, about 30 miles away from San Bruno, where the shooting took place, police said. "Roughly one hour after our phone call to Aghdam's family, her father called us back to let us know that she made a series of vegan videos for her channel on YouTube and that the company had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset".

Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Mountain View said they spoke to Ismail Aghdam twice after contacting the family to report finding his daughter sleeping in her auto early Tuesday.

Regardless, media outlets are digging for answers on Aghdam.

Police identified the woman in Tuesday's shooting as San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who was in her late 30s.

- The family of Nasim Aghdam appear confused by the shooting rampage and are trying to come to terms with it. Family says they tried to warn police something might happen. "How [could] she shoot the people?" her father reflected in an interview with ABC News.

Aghdam's family says her passion was preaching in favor of vegans, and rallying against animal cruelty. Mountain View police later found her around 2 am. He talked to the police officer who had originally called him and he told that officer of his family's concerns.

Authorities have promised a deeper investigation into the shooter's past and her anger with the policies of the world's largest online video website, identified as her motive for attacking it. He believed she was headed to the YouTube complex and he told police the family was concerned "she might do something". Authorities said she legally owned the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday searched two homes where Nasim Aghdam had lived - one in Menifee, which is southeast of Los Angeles, and another in 4S Ranch, north of San Diego.

The San Bruno Police Department received "numerous" 911 calls about a shooting at YouTube's headquarters, said San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson.

Law enforcement personnel outside of the YouTube headquarters. They said a check of her license turned up the missing person's report, and they contacted sheriffs in San Diego.

"There seemed to be no kind of method or rhyme or reason to what she was doing".

Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student in Tehran, questioned why Aghdam chose to "live in the USA, though she didn't like it there", adding: "I wish I was there to use YouTube freely".

Hours later, Aghdam visited a Bay Area gun range, San Bruno Chief Ed Barberini said. It opens at 11 a.m. and is about a 10-minute drive from YouTube headquarters. "At no point during that conversation did either Aghdam's father or brother make any statements regarding the woman's potential threat to, or a possible attack on, the YouTube campus", Mountain View police said.

The full extent of the violent designs that Aghdam had for the online video giant are still being explored.

NBC Bay Area also reports Aghdam had a YouTube account and, in a video posted in January 2017, claimed YouTube "discriminated and filtered" her content, leading to fewer views.

Barberini added that the shooter had registered the semi-automatic handgun recovered from the scene.

YouTube's focus on the victims is quite clear, however a troublesome trend has spread across Twitter in light of Aghdam's crusade against censorship, dubbed #CensorshipKills. Rather, law enforcement said, "She was upset with YouTube". "Right now I'm thinking, she never hurt one ant". "Whether that rises to the level of terrorism hopefully will be determined in the next couple of weeks".

One 36-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot at the firm's San Bruno offices.

More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube campus in San Bruno. One spent magazine was found at the scene, along with the gun and the second loaded magazine, he said. The company did however issue a brief statement through a spokesman Wednesday afternoon, saying they would increase security at all offices worldwide for the long-term future. An officer armed with an assault rifle then entered through a security door, he said.

Her victims were shot in an outside courtyard.

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