YouTube shooter’s brother said he warned police in advance

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. — The brother of Nasim Najafi Aghdam worried she might do something dangerous.

The concerns started over the weekend when Aghdam stopped answering her phone, her brother told KGTV. Then the San Diego resident’s car was found more than 700 miles northwest, in Mountain View, California.

“I Googled ‘Mountain View,’ and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube,” said Aghdam’s brother, who did not want to be identified.

So he called police to say “she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something.”

That fear turned into reality Tuesday afternoon when Aghdam shot three people at the YouTube campus in San Bruno before killing herself with a handgun.

But it’s unclear whether the brother’s concerns were relayed to authorities in the Bay Area, San Bruno police chief Ed Barberini said Wednesday.

“We know that she was reported missing by her family in San Diego on the 31st of March, and that she was located in a community about 30 miles south of us early Tuesday morning,” Barberini said.

“I don’t know what concerns were conveyed to that police department, or how or where those concerns were relayed to. So that is something we’re looking into.”

Authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether Aghdam knew any of her three victims, who are hospitalized in fair, serious and critical condition.

Shortly after the shooting, two law enforcement officials said the shooter knew at least one victim. But on Tuesday night, police said they have no evidence Aghdam knew any of the victims or whether they were targeted.

Barberini said the motive remains uncertain. But police are investigating a website that appears to show the same woman accusing YouTube of restricting her videos, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The website lists four YouTube channels: One in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art. It also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan life.

The woman’s grievances against YouTube appear to focus on censorship and revenue.

“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!”

Another post accuses “close-minded” YouTube employees of putting an age restriction on videos, saying it’s aimed at reducing views and discouraging the woman from making new videos.

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

Senior software engineer Zach Voorhies bolted when the fire alarm blared.

“I went outside with my electric skateboard and I started skating down, because I thought it was a fire,” he told KPIX. “I heard some yelling and I saw somebody down on his back with a red spot on his stomach.”

As they fled the building, he said, the shooter was in the courtyard yelling, ” ‘Come at me, or come get me.'”

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

“First thought was earthquake,” Sherman said in a series of tweets.

He went toward the exit, where someone said there was a person with a gun.

“At that point, every new person I saw was a potential shooter,” he said. “I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs.”

He fled downstairs, peeking around him to ensure the shooter was not around before dashing out of the building.


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