Police in Mountain View, California were warned that Nasim Aghdam, the YouTube shooter, had a vendetta against the company and might be traveling there with ill intent. That warning came as police officers there questioned Aghdam just hours before she entered YouTube headquarters and shot three people and then killed herself.
Multiple media sources are reporting that Aghdam’s family reported her missing in recent days, before police in Mountain View found her sleeping in her car in a parking lot. Police questioned her, and were warned by her father that she was upset with YouTube and might be headed there.
It is not clear if police were aware that Aghdam had a gun.
That revelation comes as videos from Aghdam’s bizarre YouTube videos, which the site has now deleted, have been posted elsewhere online (included below).
Aghdam reportedly was upset that recent YouTube policy changes had resulted in her videos being demonetized, which was her main source of income.
She even posted videos on the website critical of their policies, complaining that they were suppressing free speech and discriminating against her.
The woman suspected of shooting three people at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. before killing herself was furious with the company because it had stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, her father said late Tuesday.
The police identified the shooter as Nasim Aghdam, 39, of Southern California — and said they had a run-in with her earlier in the day.
Ismail Aghdam said he reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days. He said the family received a call from Mountain View police around 2 a.m. Tuesday saying they found Nasim sleeping in a car.
He said he warned them she might be headed to YouTube because she “hated” the company.
Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed officers located a woman by the same name asleep in a vehicle asleep in a Mountain View parking lot Tuesday morning.
Nelson said the woman declined to answer further questions but the police spokeswoman did not respond to a question about whether police were warned Aghdam might go to YouTube.
Aghdam reportedly maintained a personal website alleging that YouTube compensated her unfairly and censored her views.
Aghdam posted a series of bizarre videos on YouTube and Instagram, on a variety of subjects ranging from veganism to animal rights to weightlifting to jewelry making.
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) April 4, 2018