Police plan 'long' investigation of YouTube shooter's past

One dead, multiple injuries in active shooting at YouTube headquarters

One dead, multiple injuries in active shooting at YouTube headquarters

Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39, visited a San Diego-area gun range on Wednesday morning, prior to visiting the YouTube headquarters and injuring three employees before killing herself with a legally owned 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun.

One 36-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot at the firm's San Bruno offices.

"This will be a long and very methodical investigation", said Geoff Caldwell, a police commander in San Bruno, a city just south of San Francisco where YouTube is located.

In addition to clips in which she called herself a "ninja", and one in which the Los Angeles Times reported that she said in Farsi that she had no "specific physical or mental illness", but rather lived in a planet "that is filled with illness, and disorder and perversion and injustice", Aghdam posted videos in which she danced, offered vegan recipes, did parodies of popular TV shows and movies and provided exercise tips, as well as the occasional music video.

In one video posted under her online name Nasime Sabz, she can be heard complaining that "YouTube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Mason could not immediately be reached for comment.

The woman who wounded three in a shooting at YouTube headquarters had a tiny social media presence in her native Iran, where her death was reported briefly by state television. A national debate around tighter curbs on gun ownership has intensified since the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school in February shocked the public.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Iranian-American woman who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters this week appears to have lashed out after she felt the company had censored her often freakish videos- a motive that many found perplexing in Iran, where YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are blocked.

Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student, questioned why Aghdam chose to "live in the US though she didn't like it there".

He said Iranian-born Aghdam "ran out of ammunition, dropped an empty magazine" then reloaded to continue her attack.

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He said he warned police that "she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something".

"Her father called us back to let us know that she made a series of vegan videos for her channel on YouTube and that the company had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset", their statement said.

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 wrote on her website, "Be aware!"

There was a time several years ago, however, when she seemed to be enjoying the fruits of her free speech. Topics of conversations included Persian cooking. "If I had to pick neighbors, I'd have them all around". Further reports suggested that she may have targeted her boyfriend (this led CNN anchors to wildly speculate on air) in a domestic dispute, according to anonymous law enforcement sources, but San Bruno police did not officially confirm that detail.

"They were just ideal neighbors", Rundell said.

"She was a weirdo", said one neighbor, who would only give her name as Lucy. She got upset when the two teens rode their skateboards through the complex.

The family turned away reporters outside the family home in Menifee on Wednesday.

It was the closest the neighbors got to the rage Aghdam expressed in the countless videos she created to show off her biceps, rant against meat-eaters and animal cruelty and excoriate YouTube for ultimately cutting into the profits she was making from advertisers on her videos. The company did however issue a brief statement through a spokesman Wednesday afternoon, saying they would increase security at all offices worldwide for the long-term future.

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

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