Identity Of Shooter At YouTube Headquarters Revealed
The woman responsible for wounding three people at YouTube headquarters in Northern California has been identified as Nasim Aghdam.
She allegedly opened fire with a handgun outside the video streaming site's offices in San Bruno last night causing widespread panic. It is thought that the shooter may have shot and killed herself.
It comes at the same time that her dad, Ismail Aghdam,
claims that police had found his daughter sleeping in a car on the morning of
the shooting. He also told Bay Area News Group that she was angry at YouTube
after the platform had 'stopped everything'.
Aghdam was an animal rights activist who also used the pseudonym Nasime Sabs on her Facebook and Instagram. She described herself on her now closed YouTube site as: "The Persian Azeri female vegan athlete and animal rights activist promoting VEGANISM, the healthy and humane way of living."
Her Facebook account revealed pictures that show her complaining about perceived censorship and discrimination by YouTube as well as pictures of her at various protests for animal rights charities such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
The local police have said that the attack does not look to have been of a terrorist nature and that early indications suggest it was domestically motivated.
When the SWAT teams arrived on the scene they first discovered a man who had been shot who was then taken to hospital. A woman - reported to be Aghdam - was then found dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun shot.
When the building was searched the police found two more people with gun shot wounds and were taken to hospital.
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A spokesperson for San Francisco General Hospital said that a 36-year-old man is in a 'critical' condition, a 32-year-old man is 'serious' and a 27-year-old woman is 'fair'.
Product manager Todd Sherman, who was working in the building at the time, wrote: "We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake.
"After exiting the room we still didn't know what was going on but more people were running. Seemed serious and not like a drill.
"We headed towards the exit and then saw more people and someone said that there was a person with a gun.
He continued: "At that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter. Someone else said that the person shot out the back doors and then shot themselves.
"I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peaked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front.
"Police cruisers pull up, hopped out with rifles ready and I told them where the situation was as I headed down the street to meet up with a couple team members."
Google, which owns YouTube, has released a statement saying that the company is working with the authorities to 'ensure the safety of employees'.
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