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YouTube shooter's freaky videos key to suspected motive, police say

09 April 2018

Her brother, Shahran Aghdam, said he was particularly anxious after learning his sister had been contacted by police prior to the shooting in Mountain View, and realizing how close that was to YouTube headquarters.

The woman who caused chaos at the YouTube campus in San Bruno Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Youtube user Nasim Aghdam. "He did not seem concerned that she was in the area, and wanted to simply let us know that may have been a reason for her move up here".

Later in the day, she went to a gun range not far from the YouTube headquarters.

"At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others. she was calm and cooperative", Mountain View police said.

Aghdam's father, who owns an electrical contracting company, said the family was unaware that she owned a gun.

"This will be a long and very methodical investigation", said Geoff Caldwell, a police commander in San Bruno.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday searched two homes where Nasim Aghdam had lived - one in Menifee, which is southeast of Los Angeles, and another in 4S Ranch, north of San Diego.

Three people were wounded in the shooting and a fourth injured their ankle in the chaos before Aghdam turned the handgun on herself.

Dozens of emergency vehicles quickly converged on the YouTube campus, and police could be seen on televised aerial video systematically frisking several employees leaving the area with their hands raised. "I have no physical and psychological diseases", she wrote in her Instagram post in Persian. "So that is something we're looking into".

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital said Wednesday that two shooting victims have been released: a 32-year-old woman admitted in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman admitted in fair condition. At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted. Vorhies said he froze and saw a victim on his back with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his stomach.

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Police say the videos posted by the woman who wounded three people in a shooting at YouTube headquarters are central to the motive.

CNN is working to confirm the authenticity of the website, which lists four YouTube channels: one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art.

Juhea Kim, founder of the website, said she was excited to feature the story written by an Iranian freelancer about a vegan Iranian bodybuilder.

"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!" one post reads.

"Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" one of the messages said. Next to another video, which also had been blocked Wednesday, she wrote: "This video got age restricted after new close-minded employees, got control of my farsi youtube channel previous year 2016 and began filtering my videos to reduce views & suppress & discaurage (sic) me from making videos!"

The gunfire started shortly before 1 p.m.at the company's headquarters about 10 miles from San Francisco.

Zach Vorhies, 37, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said he was at his desk working on the second floor of one of the buildings when the fire alarm went off.

Product manager Todd Sherman said he was at his desk when he heard what sounded like rumbling as people ran.

President Trump tweeted that he was briefed on the incident and added "Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved".

YouTube shooter's freaky videos key to suspected motive, police say