Just one day after the shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, more details are coming in about the shooter, and her family that reportedly warned police about her. At approximately 1:40 AM on Tuesday morning, shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam was found asleep in her car in a parking lot by police in Mountain View, California, about 30 miles southeast of the YouTube headquarters. After police ran the license plate, they saw she had been reported missing in San Diego a few days earlier and notified the family. But the family states that, after they learned where she was, they tried to warn police about her hatred for YouTube, and that an attack may be imminent, although police paint a different picture of those calls. Here's what Mountain View police said in a statement.
"We contacted the woman inside the vehicle, who was asleep, to check on her and to determine if she was the same person who had been reported missing. At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others ... she was calm and cooperative."
Nasim Aghdam's brother said he called Mountain View police, once he learned that his sister was found close to the YouTube headquarters, stating that he warned police that, "she came all the way from San Diego, so she might do something." The police told the family that they would keep an eye on her, but the shooting happened just 12 hours later. Here's what Nasim Aghdam had to say about what he told the police.
"I Googled 'Mountain View' and it was close to YouTube headquarters, and she had a problem with YouTube. 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."
After Mountain View police found Nasim Aghdam, they called both her father and brother. The Mountain View police released a statement revealing that neither the father nor brother, made any indication that Nasim Aghdam could pose any sort of threat to YouTube. Here's the Mountain View police statement below.
"The father confirmed to us that the family had been having issues at home, but did not act in any way concerned about why his daughter had left. At no point during that conversation did either Aghdam's father or brother make any statements regarding the woman's potential threat to, or a possible attack on, the YouTube campus. Roughly one hour after our phone call to Aghdam's family, 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. At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her (YouTube) videos."
Ismail Aghdam, the father of shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam, stated in other interviews that she complained to her family two weeks ago that YouTube had stopped compensating her for her videos. On Monday, Ismail reported her daughter missing since she hadn't answered her phone for two days, and he told reporters that he thought she might be heading to YouTube from her home in San Diego, because she "hated" the company. Nasim Aghdam was found in a parking lot, sleeping in her car, by police in Mountain View, California on early Tuesday morning. The first reports of the shooting at the YouTube campus came into the San Mateo County dispatchers just before 1 PM yesterday afternoon.
Authorities are also investigating a website maintained by suspected YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam, which she used to rail against the website and express her passion for everything from animal rights to veganism. Investigators are trying to piece together a motive through this website, where she claimed in angry posts complaining that "closed-minded" YouTube employees stifled her channels from growing. Here's an excerpt from one of her posts on the website.
"Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views! There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!"
Nasim Najafi Aghdam entered the YouTube campus in San Bruno, California during lunchtime yesterday and started opening fire in a courtyard filled with employees. No one was killed in the attack, but three were injured from gunshot wounds, a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition. Another person was taken to the hospital after suffering an ankle injury while trying to flee from the shooter. After the attack, Aghdam turned the gun on herself, and there are no other suspects involved in the shooting.
The website investigators are investigating is titled Nasime Sabs, which translates from Persian to "Nasim the green," although that site has been taken down, along with YouTube, Instagram and Facebook accounts linked to the site. There is no evidence that any of the victims had any connection to the shooter and it isn't believed that she targeted anyone specific. The YouTube account was shut down, "due to multiple or severe violations" of the company's policies against spam, deceptive practices and misleading content," but it isn't clear when the account was in fact shut down.
CNN had the latest report with new details about how the police failed to heed the warning by Nasim's brother, while another new report from The Los Angeles Times also includes accounts from those who got away, including Zach Vorhies, a senior software engineer who was sitting at his desk on the YouTube campus when he heard the fire alarm blaring, and he saw a man in a blood-stained shirt laying motionless on the ground in the courtyard. After seeing a police officer with an assault rifle, he used an electric skateboard to flee from the scene. Police officers in tactical vests swarmed the campus soon after the shooting had began.