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YouTube headquarters shooting
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YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California
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San Bruno (the United States)
Location YouTube headquarters
901 Cherry Avenue
San Bruno, California, U.S.
Coordinates 37°37′41″N122°25′35″W / 37.62816°N 122.42630°W / 37.62816; -122.42630 (Shooting) Coordinates: 37°37′41″N122°25′35″W / 37.62816°N 122.42630°W / 37.62816; -122.42630 (Shooting) (shooting)
DateApril 3, 2018 (PDT, UTC−7)
Attack type
Weapons Semi-automatic pistol (Smith & Wesson SD9VE) [1]
Deaths1 (the perpetrator) [2]
Injured4 (3 by gunfire) [3]
PerpetratorNasim Najafi Aghdam [4]
MotiveYouTube policies and practices [5]

On April 3, 2018, at 12:46 p.m. PDT, a shooting occurred at the headquarters of the video-sharing website YouTube in San Bruno, California. The shooter was identified as 38-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who entered through an exterior parking garage, approached an outdoor patio, and opened fire with a Smith & Wesson 9 mm caliber semi-automatic pistol. Aghdam wounded three people, one of them critically, before killing herself. [6] [7] [8]



At 12:46 p.m., San Bruno police received reports of a shooter at the YouTube headquarters. [9] Aghdam's weapon had a capacity of 10 rounds, and she emptied one magazine before reloading. [10] Helicopter footage later showed a large hole and broken glass in the building's lobby doors. [11] Aghdam took her own life, two days before her 39th birthday. [4] [12] [13] A coroner's report says she died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the heart; it found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in her system. [14]


Nasim Najafi Aghdam
نسیم نجفی اقدم
Born5 April 1979
Died3 April 2018(2018-04-03) (aged 38)
Occupation Content creator, Activist


The perpetrator was identified by police as Nasim Najafi Aghdam (Persian : نسيم نجفى اقدم; 5 April 1979 – 3 April 2018), a vegan activist and aspiring fitness personality. [15] She was born in Urmia, Iran, and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1996. [16] [17] [18] She was a registered member of the Baháʼí Faith [19] and described how veganism was aligned with her religion, [20] but was critical of Middle Eastern cultural practices and Muslims and Baháʼís who ate animals. [21] She was 38 years old and lived with her grandmother in Riverside County, California. [17] [18] She posted content on Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and YouTube in Persian, Azerbaijani, English and Turkish. [17] Her content went viral on Iranian social media and drew widespread attention. [22] She had previously protested with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in United States Marine Corps training procedures for victims of trauma. [23]

Nasim Aghdam purchased and registered a 9 mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol from a San Diego gun dealer on January 16, 2018. [24]

On March 31, 2018, Aghdam's family reported to the police that Nasim Aghdam was missing. [5] According to her father, she "hated" YouTube, and the family was worried she might be traveling to the company's offices. [25] [26]

The morning before the shooting, police officers contacted Aghdam when they found her sleeping in her car in a Walmart parking lot in Mountain View, 25 miles (40 km) south of YouTube's headquarters. [27] [28] The officers did not identify her as a threat. It is not clear if these police officers were aware of the concerns of Aghdam's father. [29] Aghdam visited a shooting range the day before the shooting. [28]


Police believe Aghdam was motivated by her displeasure at the policies of the YouTube channels that she maintained. [13] [30] She complained about YouTube on her website, [31] [32] writing that "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" and that the company had demonetized most of her videos. [33]

Ismail Aghdam, her father, of Riverside County, said that his daughter was a "vegan activist and animal lover" who told him that YouTube had been censoring her videos and stopped paying her for her content. “She was angry,” he said. [34] According to the San Jose Mercury-News :

[Nasim] Aghdam was prolific on social media, posting videos and photos on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube. Her YouTube channel included strange workout video clips, graphic animal abuse videos and vegan cooking tutorials. [34]


San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center treated the victims. [35] [36] Four injuries were reported. [3] [37] [38] The victims were a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in fair condition, and a 27-year-old woman in stable condition. [39] Another person injured her ankle while fleeing the building. [3]

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