Youtube Shooting: Video Blogger Nasim Aghdam Identified as Suspect

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The woman suspected of carrying out a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in California on Tuesday, has been named by local police as 39-year-old San Diego resident, Nasim Aghdam. 

Aghdam was a video blogger. She had her own YouTube channel on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and about animal rights. Her latest video on fitness was published three weeks ago.

A video in which she accused YouTube of discriminating against her has been widely shared on Twitter. Her YouTube channel is now blocked; all videos have been deleted. Her profile on Instagram is also deleted. She had thousands of followers.

She is said to have opened fire at the Silicon Valley campus around lunchtime on Tuesday. One man and two women were shot at an outside dining area before Aghdam apparently committed suicide. About 1,700 employees were evacuated.

San Bruno Police Chief, Ed Barberini, initially said that there were four people who had been shot, but later clarified that a fourth person had suffered an ankle injury.

Aghdam’s father said that she was angry at YouTube because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on her channel. He reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days. Police later found Aghdam sleeping in her car in Mountain View, 25 kilometers from the YouTube offices in San Bruno and reported this to her family, but did not detain her. Aghdam’s father then warned police that she might go to YouTube as she “hated the company.”

Aghdam was also angry that YouTube was filtering her content.