WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The police has identified the woman who opened fire Tuesday at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California.
- Nasim Aghdam, 39, shot three people with a handgun before shooting and killing herself at the tech hub.
- The police are now investigating a website where the shooter was shown voicing her complaints about YouTube stifling traffic and suppressing videos.
Initially thought as a domestic incident, with Aghdam targeting someone who worked on the YouTube campus, the police said late Tuesday that “there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”
Ismail Aghdam, the shooter’s father, told the Bay Area News Group that she was upset with YouTube because it had stopped paying her for videos she uploaded on the platform.
He also said that the family had reported her missing Monday because she hadn’t answered her phone for two days. He also told the police his daughter might be heading to YouTube because she was furious with the video-sharing website.
The Mountain View police notified the family at about 2 am on Tuesday saying Aghdam had been found sleeping in a car.
According to an FBI study, a female shooter is very uncommon: only six incidents out of 160 “active shooter” incidents between 2000 and 2011 were perpetrated by a female shooter.
“Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers,” tweeted Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube employee.
Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai, said in an email to employees the shooting was an “unimaginable tragedy” and that the company was working to support the victims and their families. Google is YouTube’s parent company.
According to social media posts, Aghdam emphasized pro-vegan views and denounced animal cruelty. In 2009, she was quoted saying: “For me, animal rights equal human rights,” about a protest by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training.
YouTube closed her account after the shooting, Instagram and Facebook accounts have also been removed.
A screenshot of a video posted on Aghnam’s YouTube channel showed her complaining that “YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views.”
Source: The Guardian