Authorities identified 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam as the suspect in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California. Law enforcement sources confirmed Aghdam died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials gave little information about Aghdam, who allegedly shot three people and injured a fourth before taking her own life. Law enforcement told various outlets that the shooting was the result of a domestic issue and that Aghdam, a southern California resident, knew at least one of the victims.
CNBC reported that Aghdam allegedly used a 9 mm handgun.
Mediaite reported that Aghdam had a prolific presence on YouTube and, in a January 2017 video, made claims that the platform “discriminated and filtered” her content. In a February 2017 Facebook post, Aghdam said “There is not equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”
According to NBC affiliate KNTV, Aghdam controlled multiple YouTube channels, one of which featured videos of her speaking Farsi. Video topics include hand art and animal rights.
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While Aghdam's YouTube videos have been removed from the site—though multiple users have republished some of her videos—her website is active as of this writing. On the site, Aghdam claims to have created the first Persian vegan television commercial and vegan music video in 2010. She also claims to have television shows on various Iranian stations.
Aghdam's issues with YouTube continued on her personal website, which displays a bright yellow box bearing the heading "Be aware!" before continuing, "There is no free speech in real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered and merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos.”
The shooting reportedly began around 1:13 local time. Police confirmed an active shooter was on the campus, while social media users posted photos of people evacuating and SWAT teams entering the buildings. People could be seen in photos and videos with their hands raised above their heads while they walked out of buildings.
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“We are responding to an active shooter,” San Bruno Police said on Twitter. “Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.”
One person who identified themselves as a product employee at the company said on Twitter said he was barricaded inside a room with coworkers before finally being evacuated and making it safely outside.
Google, which owns YouTube, said in a statement in response to the situation that it was cooperating with authorities. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki expressed horror and sadness on Twitter.
"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," tweeted Wojcicki.
"We are coordinating with authorities and will provide official information here from Google and YouTube as it becomes available," Google's communications team said.
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