Nasim Aghdam Opened Fire On YouTube Because She Was “Upset” With Its Policies And Practices
Police said Nasim Aghdam visited a gun range the morning before she opened fire at the YouTube headquarters in California.
Aghdam, 39, injured three people Tuesday inside a courtyard area of YouTube’s San Bruno, California, campus before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“At this point in the investigation, it is believed that the suspect was upset with policies and practices of YouTube,” San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini said. “This appears to be the motive for this incident.”
Police said they did not have evidence linking Aghdam to any specific individuals at the scene.
Aghdam visited a local gun range the morning before the shooting, authorities said, and legally possessed the Smith & Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic handgun that she used in the shooting.
Aghdam parked her vehicle at the back of a neighboring business and accessed YouTube’s campus via a parking garage where pedestrian doors led to open areas on the grounds. She remained in the open courtyard and opened fire. Police are not aware if she engaged in confrontation with anyone at the scene.
Authorities have secured her car and are in the process of executing search warrants at two houses in southern California that are believed to be associated with Aghdam.
Investigators are also working to gain access to, and to review, all social media posts related to Aghdam to “further comprehend” her motive, police said.
Aghdam had several YouTube channels on which she frequently posted about animal rights and veganism. She had alleged that YouTube had “discriminated and filtered” her videos.
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