What we know about Nasim Aghdam, the YouTube shooter

Nasim Aghdam was of Iranian origin and prolific on social media, posting videos and photos on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

The woman suspected in the shooting at YouTube headquarters Tuesday has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident. She was of Iranian origin.



Nasim Aghdam was prolific on social media, posting videos and photos on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Nasim’s father, Ismail Aghdam said he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days.

He said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. Tuesday saying they found Nasim sleeping in a car.

He said he warned the police she might be headed to YouTube because she “hated” the company.

YouTube had “stopped everything,” and “she was angry,” her father Ismail Aghdam said from his San Diego home in a telephone interview with the Bay Area News Group.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed officers located a woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle asleep in a Mountain View parking lot Tuesday morning. Nelson said the woman declined to answer further questions but the police spokeswoman did not respond to a question about whether police were warned Aghdam might go to YouTube.

Nasim Aghdam was quoted in a 2009 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training. She dressed in a wig and jeans with drops of painted “blood” on them, holding a plastic sword at the demonstration outside the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

“For me, animal rights equal human rights,” she told the paper at the time.

Police say the shooter opened fire with a handgun at the YouTube headquarters Tuesday and wounded three people before fatally shooting herself. A fourth person injured their ankle while fleeing.

The website NasimeSabz.com, which media said was linked to the attacker, had several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with screeds against YouTube.

Those complaints included claims the company was not sharing enough revenue with people who create videos for the platform.

“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to,” read one posting on the site.

A YouTube account in the name of Nasime Sabz was deleted on Tuesday evening.


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