YouTube shooter visited gun range before attack, police say

YouTube shooter visited gun range before attack, police say

The suspect, 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam of San Diego, was reported missing by her family in San Diego on March 31, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said today on "Good Morning America". "I'm being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I'm not the only one", Aghdam reportedly says in a January 28 video posted to her site. "During our contact with her, she was asked a series of questions, including, but not limited to, if she was a danger to herself or others".

"It was a very normal conversation. I didn't know she had a gun I thought she'd start a fight or something", said her brother.

The woman who shot three people at YouTube's headquarters was prolific at producing videos and posting them online, many of them freaky, such as a clip in which she removes a revealing purple dress to expose fake, strapped-on breasts with the message "Don't Trust Your Eyes". She then killed herself.

A California police department whose officers interacted with a woman hours before she shot three people at YouTube's headquarters is refusing to provide reports and body-camera video from the encounter. Spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun would not confirm the locations but reporters saw agents entering homes in the communities of Menifee, southeast of Los Angeles, and 4S Ranch, north of San Diego.

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"She was a weirdo", said one neighbor, who would only give her name as Lucy.

"Our family is in absolute shock and can't make sense of what has happened yesterday", the statement said. "Although no words can describe our deep pain for this tragedy, our family would like to express their utmost regret for what happened to innocent victims". Some neighbors revealed how she didn't leave her home often, and the outlet mentions Aghdam's apparent website, which reportedly contained a manifesto full of grievances against YouTube regarding censorship and demonetization of her content.

Two women wounded in the shooting were released on Wednesday from a San Francisco hospital.

After the attack, her father, Ismail Aghdam stated that she had told her family that she hated YouTube for censoring her videos and that she was angry about that.

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Whatever obstacles she faced were dwarfed by those in Iran, where the government blocks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and where online content critical of authorities or Islam can land people in jail.

She was a self-proclaimed artist, comedian, rapper, and activist against animal cruelty.

Aghdam's brother told FOX 11 exclusively her grudge against YouTube likely motivated her shooting three company employee and taking her own life.

But Aghdam's brother, who also did not want to be identified, searched "Mountain View" on Google and found it was close YouTube's headquarters, he told KGTV. She was earlier apprehended by Mountain View police a few miles from Alphabet's office complex, where the YouTube headquarters was located.

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At first, her father did not indicate that Aghdam would have a reason to harm anybody. Officers spent almost two hours Wednesday at the Jackson Arms Shooting Range in South San Francisco, a few miles from the YouTube headquarters. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the probe. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" On Feb. 20, YouTube enacted a new advertising policy that demonetized channels with less than 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. The information is so readily available because Aghdam was a creative contributor on Youtube's video platform. The company did however issue a brief statement through a spokesman Wednesday afternoon, saying they would increase security at all offices worldwide for the long-term future. She was nearly 500 miles away from home and only about 30 miles away from YouTube at the time. Originally built in the late 1990s for the clothing retailer Gap, the campus south of San Francisco is known for its sloped green roof of native grasses.

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