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YouTube HQ shooting

Madie Kesterson, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday, April 3rd, staff members at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, started reporting gunshots fired in the YouTube HQ building.

    “The San Bruno police report says that officers arrived on site a few minutes after receiving calls about the shooting” (Almasy). YouTube employees were leaving the site while police ran into one person with a gunshot wound; although two others that were also wounded had left the site already.

   “These three people were taken to the hospital, and as of last week, one was listed in fair condition, another in serious condition, and third in critical condition” (Almasy). The fourth person was treated for a twisted ankle.

     Inside of the site, police found a deceased women who has been identified as Nasim Aghdam. Nasim Aghdam was a 39-year-old woman from San Diego who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

      At a Wednesday press conference, chief Ed Barberini of San Bruno, said that Aghdam entered YouTube’s headquarters through a parking garage and got access to a courtyard, where she started firing.

       “Ms. Aghdam’s family says she was ‘angry’ with the company and had complained about YouTube supposedly censoring her videos and cutting her ad revenue” (“Who is Nasim Aghdam?”).  

     Mr. Aghdam, the suspect’s brother, says he warned police that she would most likely do something after realizing she had traveled hundreds of miles to Mountain View.

       A week before the shooting, her family had reported her missing. Police soon found her sleeping in in a car the night before the shooting and contacted her family to let them know she wasn’t missing.

      “The suspects father told local media that he had warned police that she ‘hated’ the company and expressed concern that she may be traveling to the company’s headquarters in San Bruno” (“Who is Nasim Aghdam?”).

     In a video posted on January 2017, Ms. Aghdam says that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her programs (Almasy). She complained YouTube had enforced an age restriction on a workout video she had posted because it was too racy. She also didn’t understand how her content got age restricted unlike Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus, whose videos she thought were not suitable for young children.

       “On the website NasimeSabz.com, identified as hers by the San Francisco Chronicle, she had several post about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with rants against YouTube” (“Who is Nasim Aghdam?”). She was also a prominent animal rights protester.

     Tuesday morning, Ms. Aghdam went to a local shooting range. A little after noon, she parked at a business near YouTube’s office and entered through a parking garage. This parking garage took her to an outdoor courtyard where staff were eating their lunch and started shooting.



Works Cited

“Who is Nasim Aghdam? Everything We Know.” The Telegraph, 4 April 2018,                         https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/nasim-aghdam-everything-know-youtube-hssq-  shooter/. Accessed 16 April 2018.

Almasy, Steve. “Female Shooter at YouTube Headquarters Identified.” CNN, https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/03/us/youtube-hq-shooting/index.html. Accessed 16 April 2018.

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