Police interacted with YouTube shooter hours before attack

Katie Ramirez
April 7, 2018

She mentioned nothing about YouTube at that time.

Nasim Aghdam, 39, bought the 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol from a shop in San Diego on January 16 - about 11 weeks before she targeted the company, unleashing chaos as employees were eating lunch, San Bruno police Commander Geoff Caldwell told USA TODAY.

Nasim Najagi Aghdam, the deceased Iranian-born woman who vlogged about living in the world that's rife with "injustice and diseases", was identified by California police as the one behind the incident, according to The Guardian. Sharan Aghdam has stated that "they didn't do anything and she got killed and three or four more people got hurt".

Later in the day, she went to a gun range not far from the YouTube headquarters. Charts from the analytics site SocialBlade reportedly showed that Aghdam suffered a major decline in viewers and subscribers to her main YT channel in June 2016; she reportedly launched several other YT accounts during 2016 and 2017, which also suffered significant viewership dips within several months.

"I didn't know she had a gun".

"She had a problem with YouTube so we called the cop again and said there's a reason she went all the way to San Diego from that".

Several San Bruno police officers on Wednesday spent almost two hours at Jackson Arms, a South San Francisco range. Already seething over YouTube's crackdown on videos she routinely posted, Aghdam took the gun home with her on January 16, the same day the internet giant announced a bigger revenue crackdown on content creators like her. The other, a man in his 30s, remains in serious condition, according to a hospital statement emailed to NPR on Wednesday morning.

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YouTube employees Alina Zhu, 25, left, and Doreen Tran, 25, right, hug as they walk down a parking lot two blocks away from where a shooting at the YouTube headquarters occurred in San Bruno, Calif., April 3, 2018. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in freaky productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.

She did, however, post content on social media and her own website indicating her frustration at YouTube over policies she believed were limiting the viewership and revenue associated with several channels she maintained.

The statement was released after speculation that officers may have known Aghdam had designs on YouTube's campus, but missed the opportunity to detain her. She had been reported missing.

Her family has since been vocally critical of the Mountain View police, who they claim ignored their warnings about Aghdam and her disdain for YouTube.

Aghdam also ran a Farsi-language public channel on the messaging app Telegram, which had 6,000 followers. One video was a tutorial on buttocks massage, and another featured a song praising Bahaism, a religion that originated in Iran but is heavily suppressed by the Islamic Republic.

Nasim Aghdam used the name "Nasime Sabz" online, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press. State TV briefly reported the shooting based on global reports. I wish we could look into someone's soul, ' Manny Mendoza, the store's manager, told Mercury News.

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