Disgruntled Poster Shoots Employees at YouTube
Violence erupted Tuesday when a woman shot three strangers at YouTube headquarters before turning the gun on herself. She complained to the company that it owed her more than what she’d received for video views on the platform.
It was a case of the virtual world becoming far too real.
Police said Nasim Aghdam visited a gun range the morning before she opened fire at the YouTube headquarters in California.
Police on Wednesday said Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire at YouTube’s California headquarters because she was “upset” with the company’s policies and practices.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 gun range the morning of the shooting. She legally owned the 9mm handgun she used.
Mountain View Police were allegedly notified by the woman family that she was heading to the Youtube headquarters, and might have bad intentions.
Here is an update from TV station WCTV on Wednesday morning.
Police officers who talked to YouTube shooter before the attack at the company say her family members gave no warning she might commit violence before the shooting.
A Wednesday post on the Mountain View Police Department’s Facebook page says officers found Nasim Aghdam sleeping in her car in a parking lot.
The car’s license plate matched a missing person’s report from her family. She told officers she left home because she was having issues with her family and was looking for a job.
Police say she was asked a series of questions during a 20-minute interaction and “at no point” mentioned anything about YouTube.
Police described her in the post as “calm and cooperative” throughout the interaction.
The post says that after police talked with her father, he called back to say that Aghdam had made a series of vegan videos on YouTube and she had become upset because of something the company had done.
Police in the California city of Mountain View about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from where the YouTube shooting happened say they did not tell San Bruno police about with their interactions with the suspect less than 12 hours before the attack.
Mountain View police said in a statement Wednesday that they had no reason to do so because they had no indication from Nasim Aghdam that she could be violent and no information from her father indicating that would be a possibility.
The statement says Mountain View officers encountered her at about 1:40 a.m. sleeping in a car and did not mention YouTube while officers spoke with her for 20 minutes.
Officers also did not find any indication that she might have a gun and spoke with her father on the phone twice.
Authorities say that Nasim Aghdam was angry about the policies and practices of the company and visited a gun range before she drove to the company’s headquarters in San Bruno, south of San Francisco.
Police say she used a handgun to shoot and wound two men and a woman and then killed herself.