YouTube shooter's family expresses 'shock,' but says police warned

Yolanda Curtis
April 8, 2018

The woman who shot three people at YouTube headquarters Tuesday did not have a link or relationship with the three people she shot, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said Wednesday. "Although no words can describe our deep pain for this tragedy, our family would like to express their utmost regret for what happened to innocent victims". "Throughout our entire interaction with her, she was calm and cooperative".

"If you are superficial, you will think it is heaven here", she said.

"Her father called us back to let us know that she made a series of vegan videos for her channel on YouTube and that the company had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset", their statement said. Some neighbors revealed how she didn't leave her home often, and the outlet mentions Aghdam's apparent website, which reportedly contained a manifesto full of grievances against YouTube regarding censorship and demonetization of her content.

More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube office in San Bruno, about 10 miles from San Francisco.

The man said he was ordering food from a store across the street from the YouTube headquarters when the shooting started. Suspect's family told them "YouTube ruined her life".


Also on Wednesday, police in the town of Mountain View, Calif., about 30 miles south of San Bruno, disclosed that officers there found Aghdam sleeping in her auto the night before the shooting, contacting her at the request of her parents, who reported her missing. But police officials said the 38-year-old appeared calm in a 20-minute conversation with officers after they found her sleeping in her vehicle, and neither she nor her family mentioned she was a danger to herself or others when they notified the family after speaking with her. NBC also reported on an image folder on Aghdam's personal website, which showed what purported to be an email she received that "appeared to come from an account associated with YouTube's legal support team in response to a complaint she levied on June 16, 2017". "So I called that cop again and told him there's a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there, so she might do something". The authorities said terrorism did not appear to be a motive. She was staying at her grandmother's home in 4-S Ranch, but she stopped answering her phone - and they reported her missing to police.

Zach Vorhies, 37, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said he was at his desk working on the second floor of one of the buildings when the fire alarm went off.

Nasim Aghdam's family's house in Menifee, CA.

In addition, she was seen in a #Shooting range before the attack and there was a gun that was registered in her name that was found on the scene.

"I know we might measure that with people having to operate a business", Barberini said, "so, I guess from a law enforcement perspective it's just a little biased. And she had a problem with Youtube", her brother said. A 32-year-old woman was brought to the hospital in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was taken there in fair condition on Tuesday.


Throughout early Wednesday afternoon, small groups of six to eight people were escorted in and out of YouTube headquarters, some leaving with backpacks and folders.

Authorities are determining how much security there was in that particular area. The spokesman, however, said current security measures prevented Aghdam from entering the complex.

Terrified employees huddled inside, calling 911, as officers and federal agents swarmed the company's suburban campus sandwiched between two interstate freeways in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Bruno.

Google, YouTube's parent company, rented it initially but bought it for $88million in 2015.


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