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Police warned on YouTube shooter, could have prevented attack

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Police responding to active shooter situation on Tuesday, April 3 at YouTube headquarters.

Police responding to active shooter situation on Tuesday, April 3 at YouTube headquarters.

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Police responding to active shooter situation on Tuesday, April 3 at YouTube headquarters.

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Three people were shot and wounded on Tuesday, April 3 at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif. Thirty-nine-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman who opened fire, died on scene via a self-inflicted gunshot.

“We know she was upset with YouTube, and now we’ve determined that was the motive,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said to CNN.

Aghdam’s YouTube posts criticized the company, stating multiple problems with censorship and demonization on her videos. She accused YouTube of decreasing her view count by putting age restrictions on her content. The restrictions made it harder for her to earn money through the social site.

The brother of the shooter, who remained anonymous, warned Mountain View police about his sister possibly planning something. He told them she drove from San Diego, was angry at YouTube and did not answer her phone. The police found Aghdam in her parked car on Tuesday 1:40 a.m. and claimed there was nothing suspicious or alarming about her.

“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,” Mountain View police said, according to the New York Times.

Later in the day, Aghdam reportedly went to a gun range to practice her shooting before heading to YouTube’s courtyard and opening fire at 12:45 p.m. with her 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol.

“Although no words can describe our deep pain for this tragedy, our family would like to express their utmost regret, sorrow for what has happened to innocent victims,” Aghdam’s family said in a statement posted outside their home. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.”

YouTube’s current security prevented the shooter from entering the building, but they will now work to implement more security measures at YouTube centers worldwide. The company has also allowed employees to take time off if needed.

 

 

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One Response to “Police warned on YouTube shooter, could have prevented attack”

  1. Adriana Beltano on April 18th, 2018 1:35 pm

    Great coverage on this story; fresh angle about the lapse in action from authorities that could have saved lives.

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