The San Bruno Police identified the YouTube shooter as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year old woman. She is a resident of San Diego, California.
Aghdam opened fire at the YouTube headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. Four people were brought to the hospital for medical treatment. Three of the victims suffered gunshot wounds and the other one sustained an ankle injury.
Police officers found Aghdam dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. They are still investigating her motive for the shooting and did not find any evidence that she knew or targeted the victims.
Shooter accused YouTube of filtering her video channels
It appears that the YouTube shooter is a disgruntled video publisher. In her personal website, Aghdam condemned the company for allegedly filtering her channels.
She wrote, “There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!! YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views,” added Aghdam.
Additionally, the shooter posted screenshots of her “reduced” and “suppressed” videos. She called YouTube employees “close-minded” for filtering and suppressing her videos. She covers a variety of topics from animal rights, vegan cooking to workouts in her videos.
In a separate post on Instagram, Aghdam alleged that YouTube is using its tools to “censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political gains of the system and big businesses.”
Prior to the shooting, her family in Southern California reported that she was missing. Her father, Ismail Aghdam told police that she “hated” YouTube. He suspected that he might be going there, according to East bay Times.
Statements from YouTube and Google CEOs
In a tweet, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said, “There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today.” She also thanked the law enforcement and first responders for their quick response.
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
On the other hand, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a note to Googlers worldwide and assured them that the “situation is contained.”
In addition, Pichai said, “We are very actively monitoring and working with local authorities and hospitals. It’s with great sadness that I tell you—based on the latest information—four people were injured in this horrific act of violence. We’re doing everything to support them and their families at this time.”
— Google Communications (@Google_Comms) April 3, 2018