With no known suicide note or definitive social media post explaining what drove her to a violent demise, it's hard to figure out why Nasim Aghdam opened fire at YouTube's San Bruno, California, headquarters on Tuesday (Apr. 3), injuring three people before taking her own life.
Three people were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, according to a spokesman, including a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition.
Also on Wednesday, police in the town of Mountain View, Calif., about 30 miles south of San Bruno, disclosed that officers there found Aghdam sleeping in her vehicle the night before the shooting, contacting her at the request of her parents, who reported her missing.
But her brother said he expressed additional concern upon learning she was discovered by police so close to the YouTube campus.
San Bruno police said they were still investigating a motive and that there is no evidence that Aghdam knew the victims she shot or that anyone was specifically targeted. 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!"
YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Mason could not immediately be reached for comment. State TV briefly reported the shooting based on worldwide reports.
Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect in the shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno as Nasim Aghdam, 38, of Southern California.
Nasim Aghdam (na-SEEM AG-dahm) ran a Farsi-language channel on the messaging app Telegram, with content unlikely to be popular with the state or public.
On Jan. 28, Aghdam recorded a video of herself lamenting her perceived "discrimination" by YouTube, particularly railing on how YouTube determined her ab workout video was too racy and, therefore, filtered it.
She then fatally shot herself. "Roughly one hour after our phone call to Aghdam's family, 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".
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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.
Aghdam wrote on her website: "There is no free speech in the world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system". The family said that YouTube was her livelihood and that making videos was "all she was doing". She gave no reason but said she was its only member and the group had no assets.
The entire family was "very, very friendly", according to Rundell, who spoke most often with the father, an electrical contractor.
She says Aghdam was entered into a national missing person's database.
The woman, who was 39 years old, is believed to have carried out the attack because of a domestic dispute, officials said. Family says they tried to warn police something might happen. She once told Rundell that her pet rabbit was unhappy and asked where he got his.
"At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos", the statement read.
"I am sorry. I can't believe it", he told reporters Wednesday.
"Our family is in absolute shock and can't make sense of what has happened yesterday".
The gunfire started shortly before 1 p.m.at the company's headquarters about 10 miles from San Francisco.