California police identify YouTube shooter
San Bruno — The woman identified by police as the attacker who wounded three people at YouTube’s headquarters in California was a blogger who accused the video-sharing service of discriminating against her, according to her online profile.
Police said 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam from San Diego was behind Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s offices in Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco, where the company employs nearly 2,000 people.
A man was in critical condition and two women were seriously wounded in the attack, which ended when Aghdam shot and killed herself.
Californian media reported that Aghdam’s family had warned the authorities that she may target YouTube prior to the shooting. Her father, Ismail Aghdam, told The Mercury News that he had told police that she might be going to YouTube’s headquarters because she "hated" the company.
Police said they were still investigating possible motives, but Aghdam’s online activities show that she believed YouTube was deliberately obstructing her videos from being viewed.
"YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views," she wrote on her YouTube account. Her channel was deleted on Tuesday.
Writing in Persian on her Instagram account, Aghdam said she was born in the Iranian city of Urmia but that she was not planning to return.