A woman opened fire inside YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., on Tuesday, April 3, wounding four people before taking her own life. The victims’ injuries ranged in severity, and two are currently being treated at San Francisco General Hospital in serious or critical condition.
The shooter, who was initially described by media outlets as a “white woman in a headscarf,” was later identified as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old Iranian woman living in San Diego.
A self-described “vegan bodybuilder and animal rights activist,” Aghdam apparently chose to attack YouTube’s headquarters due to her hatred of the company. She was reported missing on Monday by her father Ismail Aghdam, who told police of her anger toward YouTube and said that that was where she may have been going.
Under the name Nasime Sabz, Aghdam ran a Facebook page, two Instagram pages, and several YouTube channels with thousands of followers and subscribers. Her pages mostly contain workout videos, vegan cooking tutorials, and videos showing graphic animal abuse. Aghdam also claimed to be a model, artist, and comedian. Her personal website (nasimesabz.com) contains a bold-font rant against YouTube, which Aghdam accuses of removing some of her videos and demonetizing her channels:
“There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos! There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!”
“She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,” Aghdam’s brother Shahran Aghdam told reporters. San Bruno police are currently investigating Aghdam’s hatred of YouTube as a motive for the attack.