The alleged YouTube shooter has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam — and details are starting to emerge about her possible motive.
Aghdam allegedly opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, on Tuesday, injuring three people. She was later found inside the building dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hours before, Aghdam was reported missing by her family in California. The alleged shooter’s father, Ismail Aghdam, warned police she might be going to YouTube because she “hated” the company, according to the Mercury News.
Aghdam reportedly claimed YouTube had been demonetizing and censoring her videos, which made her very angry at the company.
San Bruno police confirmed there is “no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.” This would make sense if her only target was YouTube.
Further, the night before the shooting Mountain View police reportedly found a sleeping woman with the same name as the shooter sleeping in her car in a parking lot. Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed the reports.
“Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California,” Nelson said. “The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions. At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located.”
Nasim Aghdam was an extreme vegan activist who was an avid user of social media, including YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 4, 2018
In a recent Instagram post, she railed against YouTube for “censoring: her content: “All my youtube channels got filtered by youtube so my videos hardly get views and it is called “merely relegation.” This is also happening to many other channels on youtube. This is the peaceful tactic used on the internet to censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political … gains of the system and big businesses. I recently got filtered on instagram too and maybe its related to youtube and youtube staff asked instagram to filter me here too!!?”
The shooter’s father said he didn’t even know his daughter had a gun at all. “Maybe she bought one,” he said.