Nasim Aghdam doesn’t fit the cliche profile of a mass shooter. The first reports from the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters suggested it was a random shooting, but then the shooter was identified as a woman. At that point, this was treated as a domestic incident. Yet it now appears that Aghdam’s crime was more random, and she bought the handgun she used for the attack legally.
The 9mm Smith & Wesson Shield was purchased from a gun store in San Marcos, two months before the attack at YouTube.
San Bruno police say Aghdam, 38, bought the 9mm Smith and Wesson on January 16, 2018. She emptied one of the 10 round magazines and had inserted another before she shot herself, ending the shooting spree.
Before the incident, Aghdam was already on police radar, but not as a potential threat.
Aghdam was reported missing when she didn’t respond to numerous attempts by her family to contact her. Her father and brother had even alerted local law enforcement that she might be looking to harm individuals at YouTube after she claimed her channel’s videos were being demonetized.
Aghdam, whose father is an Iranian immigrant, was found by police almost 12 hours before she would carry out her attack, according to Bay Area News Group.
After Nasim’s father contacted the police, he received a call early the next morning that they had found his daughter asleep in her car. According to the Daily Wire, police found her 500 miles away from her home and 30 miles from YouTube’s headquarters, which she would soon invade, shooting three people before she shot and killed herself.
The father said he tried to explain that his daughter was always speaking ill of YouTube and that she could be considered dangerous. Police officers on scene told him everything was “in control.”
Hours later, she would shoot three people and then kill herself with a handgun. “A 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition following the shooting,” the Daily Mail reported.
She allegedly blamed her loss of revenue on the policies of YouTube. Initial reports claim the shooter knew the victims, but now, California law enforcement has issued a statement that proclaimed Nasim knew none of the victims.
In one of her post leading up to the shooting spree, Nasim wrote: “Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” she wrote. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!”
In another post obtained by CNN, Nasim accused YouTube’s leadership of being “close-minded.” During the shooting, Nasim was heard yelling in the courtyard of YouTube’s campus, “Come at me, or come get me!”