|YouTube headquarters shooting|
YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California
|Location|| YouTube headquarters|
901 Cherry Avenue
San Bruno, California, U.S.
|Date||April 3, 2018 (PDT, UTC−7)|
|Weapons||Semi-automatic pistol (Smith & Wesson SD9VE)|
|Deaths||1 (the perpetrator)|
|Injured||4 (3 by gunfire)|
|Perpetrator||Nasim Najafi Aghdam|
|Motive||YouTube policies and practices|
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.
At 12:46 p.m., San Bruno police received reports of a shooter at the YouTube headquarters. Aghdam's weapon had a capacity of 10 rounds, and she emptied one magazine before reloading. Helicopter footage later showed a large hole and broken glass in the building's lobby doors. Aghdam took her own life, two days before her 39th birthday. 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.
Nasim Najafi Aghdam
نسیم نجفی اقدم
|Born||5 April 1979|
|Died||3 April 2018 38) (aged|
|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. She was born in Urmia, Iran, and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1996. She was a registered member of the Baháʼí Faith and described how veganism was aligned with her religion, but was critical of Middle Eastern cultural practices and Muslims and Baháʼís who ate animals. She was 38 years old and lived with her grandmother in Riverside County, California. She posted content on Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and YouTube in Persian, Azerbaijani, English and Turkish. Her content went viral on Iranian social media and drew widespread attention. 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.
Nasim Aghdam purchased and registered a 9 mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol from a San Diego gun dealer on January 16, 2018.
On March 31, 2018, Aghdam's family reported to the police that Nasim Aghdam was missing.According to her father, she "hated" YouTube, and the family was worried she might be traveling to the company's offices.
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. 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. Aghdam visited a shooting range the day before the shooting.
Police believe Aghdam was motivated by her displeasure at the policies of the YouTube channels that she maintained.She complained about YouTube on her website, writing that "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" and that the company had demonetized most of her videos.
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.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.
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YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!
Nasim Aghdam (front) demonstrated with a plastic sword against the Marines' killing of pigs in a military exercise. “For me, animal rights equal human rights,” Aghdam said.
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