Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

YouTube shooting injures 4, woman believed to be shooter dead, police say

YouTube shooting injures 4, woman believed to be shooter dead, police say

The San Jose Mercury News quoted Aghdam's father, Ismail Aghdam, as saying he told police that his daughter might go to YouTube's headquarters because she hated the company but Mountain view police disputed that account.

Police officials say she legally purchased the weapon, a Smith & Wesson 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and visited a gun range hours before the shooting.

"I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs".

She said the woman wore glasses and a scarf and was using a "big huge pistol". Officers spent almost two hours Wednesday at the Jackson Arms Shooting Range in South San Francisco, a few miles from the YouTube headquarters.

On Wednesday, authorities searched two houses connected with Aghdam and collected evidence for the investigation.

The shooter got into the YouTube complex through a parking garage, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said. "There was nothing in her behavior that suggested anything unusual", Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel said.

"YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" she wrote on her website, before it was taken down Wednesday afternoon.

It was the closest the neighbors got to the rage Aghdam expressed in the countless videos she created to show off her biceps, rant against meat-eaters and animal cruelty and excoriate YouTube for ultimately cutting into the profits she was making from advertisers on her videos.

The Jackson Arms Shooting Range has surveillance cameras inside and outside of the facility and is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from YouTube's headquarters. Already seething over YouTube's crackdown on videos she routinely posted, Aghdam took the gun home with her on January 16, the same day the internet giant announced a bigger revenue crackdown on content creators like her. They called her family to report that they had found her after. 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.

Also on Wednesday, police in the town of Mountain View, Calif., about 30 miles south of San Bruno, disclosed that officers there found Aghdam sleeping in her auto the night before the shooting, contacting her at the request of her parents, who reported her missing.

Ismail Aghdam reported his daughter missing on Monday.

Several San Bruno police officers on Wednesday spent almost two hours at Jackson Arms, a South San Francisco range.

Fauria Aghdam broke down in tears during the interview, as Thursday would have been Nasim's 39th birthday. She gave no indication she was a threat to herself or others.

One of the victims, a 36-year-old man, was listed in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. She told Mountain View police who spoke to her around 2 a.m. Tuesday that she had come to the area to stay with relatives and was looking for a job, police said.

But when she perceived the company had robbed her of her voice - cutting off many of her viewers by censoring her videos - the eccentric YouTuber turned from defiant to deadly. "He did not seem concerned that she was in the area, and wanted to simply let us know that may have been a reason for her move up here", police stated.

A 32-year-old woman was brought to the hospital in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was taken there in fair condition on Tuesday.

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