On Tuesday afternoon, a woman opened fire at the YouTube headquarters facility in San Bruno, California injuring three people. Shortly after the incident, the San Bruno police department identified the shooter as 38-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam and said she used a 9mm handgun during the assault.
The tragic shooting is unlike previous incidents across the country as the shooter: used a sidearm (as opposed to an AR-15 used at the high school in Parkland, Florida), the shooter was a woman (the shooters in Great Mills, Maryland and Parkland were male), and most reporting indicates the shooter had no connection to the victims (some unconfirmed reports indicate one of the victims was romantically involved with the shooter).
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One aspect which is similar to the Parkland shooting incident, as ABC News reports, is that local law enforcement was warned.
“Relatives of the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in northern California said they told police about her vendetta against the company and warned them ‘she might do something,'” ABC News reports.
Nasim Najafi Aghdam of San Diego allegedly opened fire at the tech giant’s main campus in San Bruno on Tuesday afternoon, wounding three people before turning the gun on herself, according to police.
Aghdam allegedly used a pistol in the shooting, and so far there’s no indication she had obtained it illegally, police said.
The three victims were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, spokesman Brett Andrew told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. At the time, a 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.
While no motive has been explicitly released, law enforcement say they have a pretty good idea what could have led to such an attack. As ABC News and others are reporting, Aghdam was a user of the video platform and previously expressed frustration of alleged demonetization (the process where content creators are no longer being paid for their content).
“We have a pretty good idea, but we’d like to get some more information before we can definitively say exactly what that motive was. But obviously she was upset with some of the practices or policies that the company had employed,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said, per the report.
Here’s even more from ABC News:
Aghdam’s brother told ABC affiliate KGTV that his family reported her missing over the weekend when she disappeared and stopped answering phone calls. The family’s concerns deepened when police said that they had located her vehicle in Mountain View, about 30 miles southeast of YouTube’s headquarters, he said.
“I googled ‘Mountain View’ and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube,” he told KGTV. “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. So they didn’t do anything, and she got killed … and three or four more people got hurt.”
The San Bruno police chief said it’s unclear who was told of these concerns.
“We don’t know exactly how communication was relayed to the local police department down there and if so, how it was transferred to wherever it needed to be transferred. We just don’t know those answers,” Barberini said on “GMA.”
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki responded to the shooting in a statement posted over social media. She said, “There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter YouTube today.”
“Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family,” she added.
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There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today. Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.
— Susan Wojcicki (@SusanWojcicki) April 4, 2018