Nasim Aghdam, 39, of San Diego was identified as the suspect who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday, injuring three people before reportedly committing suicide.
Aghdam was a longtime YouTube user who may have held a grudge against the company, USA Today reported. The San Bruno Police Department said it did not believe Aghdam knew the three people she shot before turning the weapon on herself.
Here are six things to know about Aghdam.
1. Disgruntled YouTube user: Aghdam produced numerous videos and created several channels on the social media platform, NBC News reported, but charged on her website that YouTube was "filtering" her channels to prevent her videos from getting views. She said, "Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos."
2. Reported missing before shooting: Her father Ismail Aghdam said the family had reported her missing before the shooting and informed police she could be headed to YouTube because she "hated" the company.
3. Found sleeping in car near YouTube: Aghdam’s father said police told him she was found sleeping in her vehicle just hours before the shooting and everything was "under control," per USA Today. "Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California," a Mountain View, California Police representative told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday. "The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions."
4. Claimed censorship: The Telegraph reported that Aghdam's posted on her Instagram page that YouTube censored her work and used its tools to "censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political gains of the system and big businesses."
5. Used different languages: On her website Nasimesabz.com, Aghdam displayed Farsi and Turkish channels and claimed to have created the first Persian vegan television commercial and vegan music video that allegedly appeared on "Andisheh TV" in 2010.
6. Vegan, animal rights activist: Aghdam was believed to be an animal rights activist, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. A woman with her name was identified in a 2009 when about two dozen protesters demonstrated outside Camp Pendleton to denounce the use of pigs in military trauma training. Aghdam was quoted at the time saying, "For me, animal rights equal human rights." Her Instagram page also made reference to veganism.
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