This Is What We Know approximately YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam


A 39-year-musty woman who alleged that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her videos has been identified as the shooter who opened fire Tuesday at the company’s California headquarters, injuring three people before turning the gun on herself.

Police identified the shooter as Nasim Najafi Aghdam of San Diego.

Multiple YouTube channels that belonged to Aghdam, where she frequently posted approximately animal rights and veganism, were terminated Tuesday night after she was named as the shooter.

Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Aghdam’s father, Ismail, said she had been lost for several days and was located by police in Mountain View, California, early Tuesday morning. He told the Mercury News that he informed authorities his daughter might be going to YouTube because she “hated” the company.

A spokesperson for the Mountain View Police Department confirmed that officers made contact with Aghdam.

“Officers located an adult female by the same name asleep in a vehicle in a Mountain View parking lot early this morning,” spokesperson Katie Nelson told BuzzFeed News in an email. “The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions.”

Nelson said officers then notified Aghdam’s family that she had been located.

San Bruno police also said that “at this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”

A 2009 news report in the San Diego Union Tribune included a woman who appears to be Aghdam protesting with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

In a photo, Aghdam is seen wearing a wig and jeans with large blood drops painted on her clothing while holding a plastic sword to protest the US Marines’ killing of pigs in a military exercise.

“For me, animal rights equal human rights,” she said.

She also posted on a website called “Interfaith Vegan Alliance” approximately assembly members of the Baha’i community in 2015 at the Leeds Quaker house to discuss women’s rights, social justice, family units, and animal rights. She emphasized that she hoped the Baha’i community would be more involved in nutrition and vegetarianism after their discussion.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.

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