YouTube HQ Shooting Suspect Was A Creator Who "Hated" YouTube

4 April 2018, 11:01 | Updated: 4 April 2018, 11:14

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

A suspect has been identified in the shooting at the YouTube HQ in Northern California. Here's what we know about her

Police are investigating a suspect in the shooting at the YouTube HQ in California.

On Tuesday 3rd April, someone opened fire at the YouTube HQ, injuring three people. CNN reports that Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital is treating a 36-year-old man, who is in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman, who is in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman, who is in fair condition. Their names have not been released.

A woman, later identified as Nasim Aghdam, was found inside the YouTube building, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This form of death (typical for shooters), coupled with the fact she had no reason to be in the building (she was not a Google employee) is leading investigators to suspect she may be the shooter.

Who was Nasim Aghdam?

Nasim Aghdam was a 39-year-old from San Diego, California. She had a broad online presence and tried, and failed, to make it as an online star. She would often post videos ranting about YouTube and its policies, particularly in relation to her own videos failing to make much money.

Her other focus was animal rights activism, with Aghdam posting videos and pictures speaking out against animal cruelty, sometimes featuring her dressed in a bizarre or macabre outfits. In one video she wears a dog mask and is covered in fake blood.

Why did she carry out the shooting?

There have not been any formal announcements from authorities about precisely what they suspect her motives to be, but links are being made in the press and on social media between the shooting and past comments she made attacking YouTube, particularly for demonetising her videos.

Her father has stated that he had previously warned police that his daughter might be a threat to YouTube, as she "hated" them, but authorities did not act on his warning.

This story is ongoing and we will update this article as more information is released.