What we know about the YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam

This undated photo provided by the San Bruno Police Department shows Nasim Aghdam

This undated photo provided by the San Bruno Police Department shows Nasim Aghdam   | Photo Credit: San Bruno Police Department via AP

Nasim Aghdam was a 39-year-old San Diego resident

On Tuesday, a woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube's headquarters near San Francisco, injuring three people before shooting herself dead. She was identified by law enforcement officials as a 39-year-old San Diego resident, Nasim Aghdam.

Aghdam was quoted in a 2009 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training. She was dressed in a wig and jeans with drops of painted “blood” on them, holding a plastic sword at the demonstration outside the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.


“For me, animal rights equal human rights,” Aghdam told the Union-Tribune at the time.

The website, which the media said was linked to the attacker, had several posts about Persian culture and veganism, interspersed with screeds against YouTube.

Those complaints included claims the company was not sharing enough revenue with people who create videos for the platform. People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, but the company “de-monetizes” some channels for reasons including inappropriate material or having fewer than 1,000 subscribers.

“There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube, or any other video-sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to,” read one posting on the site.

A YouTube account in the name of Nasime Sabz was deleted on Tuesday evening.

A U.S. government security official told Reuters there was no known connection to terrorism.

The father of the shooter said she was angry at the company because it stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform.

Ismail Aghdam told the Bay Area News Group that he warned police his daughter, Nasim, might be going to YouTube because she “hated” the company.

Ismail Aghdam said he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days.

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