Information came out about the YouTube shooter overnight that will surely make the story disappear. The shooter was an Iranian-born female who held anti-capitalist, animal rights views. She used a pistol, not an AR-15. It also looks like the police may have been able to prevent the shooting.

Nasim Aghdam, who came to America from Iran with her family in 1996, injured three people at YouTube headquarters before she killed herself. Her dad told numerous outlets that he warned police “she might be headed to YouTube because she ‘hated’ the company.” Police confirmed they interviewed Aghdam Tuesday morning…and let her go.

Her father, Ismail Aghdam, told outlets that his daughter became angry at YouTube because the company “de-monetized” her channels, which left her without any income.

From Fox News:

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.

The Mercury News reported that Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed that police interviewed Nasim:

“Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California,” said Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

“The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions. At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located.”

Nasim told her family a few weeks ago that YouTube censored her videos and cut off payment. On her personal website, she wrote, “My Revenue for 300,000 Views Is $0.10?????” She even used a Hitler quote: “Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

The Mercury News noted that Nasim had a large presence online with videos on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. The videos covered things like workout tips and vegan cooking. She was an animal rights activist and published many videos about animal abuse:

She was a staunch animal rights campaigner whose websites featured many graphic images and videos of “animal murders”, “slaughters” and vivisection.

Among the many bizarre-looking images is one which shows a picture of her superimposed on a drawing of a cow in a field of flowers drinking milk from its udders.

In another, captioned “Dog skinned alive”, she is pictured wearing a canine mask with painted drops of blood all over her.

She is also photographed with animals including a rabbit, bird, sheep, pig – and superimposed next to a lion in a glittering black and silver gown.

In 2009, she attended a PETA protest against the use of pigs in military training:

She dressed in a wig and jeans with drops of painted “blood” on them, holding a plastic sword at the demonstration outside the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

“For me, animal rights equal human rights,” she was quoted as saying in the paper.

The latest videos changed course as Aghdam expressed her anger at YouTube (emphasis mine):

On a March 18 Instagram post, she railed at YouTube: “All my youtube channels got filtered by youtube so my videos hardly get views and it is called “merely relegation.” This is also happening to many other channels on youtube. This is the peaceful tactic used on the internet to censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political … gains of the system and big businesses. I recently got filtered on instagram too and maybe its related to youtube and youtube staff asked instagram to filter me here too!!?”

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.

“I’m being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I’m not the only one,” the video begins, as Aghdam, wearing a black, white and orange long-sleeved shirt and short jet black hair stands in front of a background of green and white stars. “They age restricted my ab workout video. A video that has nothing bad in it. Nothing sexual.”

YouTube employee Dianna Arnspiger ran to a window after she heard gunshots. She saw the shooter on a patio:

She said the woman wore glasses and a scarf and was using a “big huge pistol.”

“It was a woman and she was firing her gun. And I just said, ‘Shooter!,’ and everybody started running,” Arnspiger said.

She and others hid in a conference room for an hour while another employee repeatedly called 911 for updates.

“It was terrifying,” she said.


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