YouTube shooter's family didn't mention any risk

Sean Reid
April 9, 2018

The next they heard, Aghdam had stormed the YouTube campus, wounded two women and a man then turned the gun on herself.

"She would yell from the balcony and say we were nasty", Sanford-Salar said.

"From that age I started opposing eating meat and wearing animal skin, and what my family and other people said in order to discourage me had no effect on me because I had faith that my belief was true and that meat is not a food of compassion and kindness".

"It's not like she stood out", the retired law enforcement officer said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families", her family said in a statement released Wednesday. On Thursday evening, customers streamed in and out carrying rifle cases, and an assortment of shotguns and rifles for sale were on display behind the counter.

Aghdam, who posted a mishmash of workout videos, rants against animal cruelty and vegan cooking tips on YouTube, detailed her frustrations in videos and posts on her website and social media accounts, which have since been deleted.

San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini noted that she likely targeted the video sharing site company headquarters because she was disgruntled with recently instituted policy that she believed was discriminatory and cut into her income, as reported by NBC News.


Police have said they are planning to delve deeper into Aghdam's past in order to fully develop a possible motive for the attack.

YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Mason could not immediately be reached for comment.

"They didn't do anything and she got killed and three or four more people got hurt", Shahran Aghdam told the Mercury News. Officers in Mountain View - about 30 miles from YouTube's headquarters - found her sleeping in her auto in a parking lot around 2 a.m. Tuesday but let her go after she refused to answer their questions. They spoke to her, and also to her family in Southern California, and have said that nothing she or her family members said aroused their concern that she was a danger to herself or others.

It was a nice day at the #YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California until a woman, who was identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam came into the headquarters and injured three people.

As questions remain on the motive, police have said there's no evidence the shooter knew the victims or that they were specifically targeted. Police talked to the woman hours before she became the YouTube shooter and they let her go on her way after her brother reportedly warned them.

He said police found two magazines at the scene and found no other weapons.


In 2014, Aghdam was the subject of a profile in "Peaceful Dumpling", a New York-based Vegan and sustainable lifestyle website. Her handgun had a 17-bullet capacity, according to Smith & Wesson. The gun was registered in her name. To purchase the firearm, Aghdam would have had to pass a background check that reviewed any criminal history, DMV records, outstanding warrants, restraining orders and mental health holds.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Iranian-American woman who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters this week appears to have lashed out after she felt the company had censored her often weird videos- a motive that many found perplexing in Iran, where YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

As of right now, the three shooting victims were rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Elsewhere on the page was the claim that "close-minded youtube employees. began filtering my videos to reduce views & suppress & discaurage [sic] me from making videos!"

He and his buddy, Daniel Sanford-Salar, would see Aghdam taping her own exercise videos on a patch of grass. The company has vowed to beef up its security worldwide after the shooting.


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