YouTube shooting: Woman shoots 3 before killing herself in San Bruno
- A woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube’s headquarters in California on Tuesday (April 3rd) afternoon. Two women injured with gunshot wounds. The attacker shot herself dead.
Police in San Bruno, California, say there is no evidence yet that the attacker knew the victims, a 36-year-old man said to be in a critical condition, and two women aged 32 and 27. No other information was released about the identities of the wounded or details of their wounds.
Police have named Nasim Aghdam, 39, as the suspect but say they are still investigating a motive.
US media say Aghdam was angry that YouTube was filtering her videos and reducing the money she could make.
Nasim Aghdam lived in San Diego in southern California. US media said she ran a number of channels and a website, posting videos on a variety of subjects including those highlighting animal cruelty.
In February 2017, she recorded a video on Facebook criticizing YouTube for taking measures that decreased the number of views on her videos.
She said that she had contacted YouTube, but that the site’s support staff told her that her workout videos contained inappropriate scenes and needed to be restricted from younger audiences.
“This is what they are doing to weekend activists and many other people who try to promote healthy, humane and smart living — people like me are not good for big business like for animal business, medicine business and for many other businesses. That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us,” she said in the video on Facebook.
YouTube terminated her account following the shooting. Her Instagram and Facebook accounts have also been removed.
YouTube Offices, like other Google facilities, maintain light security, with employees using badges to go through security gates or doors. Usually, the main lobby is attended by a receptionist. There are no visible metal detectors or armed guards.
San Bruno is about nine miles south of San Francisco, with a population around 43,000. YouTube is the city’s biggest employer, and many workers commute here from San Francisco. Though YouTube is owned by Google, it operates in a separate office, about 20 miles from Google’s main campus in Mountain View, Calif.
- source : BBC