YouTube shooting suspect Nasim Aghdam posted bizarre videos before gun rampage
The deranged gunwoman who shot three people before killing herself at YouTube’s headquarters in California posted a strange series of videos in the lead-up to her gun rampage.
Nasim Aghdam, 38, opened fire with a handgun in an outdoor courtyard in the YouTube campus in San Bruno at around 12:45 p.m on Tuesday, wounding three people before & then killing herself. Around 1,100 people work in the complex, that is around 20 miles away from Google’s main campus in Mountain View.
Initially, the law enforcement officials had said that the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute
The victims were taken to hospitals in San Francisco with gunshot wounds. A 36-year-old man was listed in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition as well as a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.
According to The New York Times reports, Aghdam was highly active on different social media platforms, where she had many channels in English, Turkish as well as Farsi.
On YouTube, Aghdam posted an eccentric set of videos, including workouts, music parodies , animal cruelty and vegan cooking. One of her strange videos was titled “In Memory of My Pet Rabbit”.
Two months back, she recorded a video on Facebook condemning YouTube’s new policies that decreased the total number of views on her videos.
According to a news site, she also has a website that targeted YouTube regarding censorship as well as demonetisation of her video content.
In January 2017, she published a video complaining that YouTube has discrimated as well as filtered her video content, causing her to lose viewers.
According to Aghdam’s father, his daughter was angry as YouTube has stopped paying her for the video content that she published in the platform.
Recently Aghdam posted a complaint about YouTube on one of the most popular social networks for photo sharing:
“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!!?”
Her father said that he had warned police that his daughter could be headed for YouTube’s headquarters because she “hated” the company.
Many witnesses have described the terror scenes in the aftermath of the gun attack.
Zachary Voorhies, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said that he was getting ready for lunch when a fire alarm went off. He as well as his team had exited the building & he was on his electric skateboard near the courtyard when he heard a commotion.
“I heard a man yelling out, ‘Do you want to shoot me?’ and about 25 feet away from him was somebody on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound in his stomach and he was bleeding out of his shirt and he wasn’t moving,” Voorhies said.
“When a police officer arrived on scene with an assault rifle, “that’s when I realized that that was not someplace I needed to be,” he added.
Todd Sherman, YouTube’s product manager said that they were busy in a meeting when they heard people running as well as felt the floor rumbling. “First thought it was an earthquake,” he wrote on Twitter.
A passing Uber driver told the Los Angeles Times that how he crowded as many people as possible into his car in order to get them away from the scene: “I just opened the door and asked if they needed help. I was getting people away from YouTube. At one point I had seven people in the car.”
“We headed towards the exit and then saw more people and someone said that there was a person with a gun.”
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, also tweeted a statement that read:
“Earlier this afternoon, while our employees were having lunch, we received reports of an active shooter at YouTube in San Bruno. Law enforcement and our Security team worked to evacuate the buildings and prioritise the safety of everyone there.
He further said that the situation was contained & the company is working with hospitals & authorities and doing all that it could do in order to support the victims as well as their families.
“I know a lot of you are in shock right now. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide support and help everyone in our Google family heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”