Shocking new information has come out about the woman who shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday. Now, we know what Nasim Aghdam did right before the shooting, and there are striking and eerie similarities to the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Someone has some explaining to do.
Ismail Aghdam, the father of the 39-year-old shooter Nasim Aghdam, called police on Monday to report that his daughter was missing. He informed them that his daughter was angry with YouTube because it “stopped everything,” The Mercury News reported.
He said that he informed the authorities that his daughter could be headed to YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California because she “hated” the company. What is more alarming is the news that the police had Nasim Aghdam in their hands the night before the shooting and did nothing.
Mountain View police said that they found Aghdam on Monday night sleeping in her car. They interacted with her but must have believed that there was no threat because they did not do anything to detain or stop her.
“Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California,” Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said. “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.”
As we previously reported, the media also missed a lot of the story when it reported on the YouTube shooting. Aghdam, who is of Iranian descent, was called a “white woman” who was “wearing a headscarf” by Fox News’ resident liberal anchor Shepard Smith. Also, CNN speculated that the shooting was likely due to a lover’s dispute because the shooter was a woman, which seemed to anger many viewers.
However, that’s not what the police think. In a statement to the press, San Bruno police said, “At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”
Instead, it appears that her reason for the shooting had to do with the fact that her videos were demonetized by the platform. Aghdam had a large footprint on YouTube, and other websites like Facebook and Instagram, where she advocated for animal rights, veganism, and fitness.
“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!!?” she wrote in an Instagram post on March 18.
She was also angry that an ab workout video that she posted was determined to be too racy for the platform.
“I’m being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I’m not the only one,” she said in a video. “They age restricted my ab workout video. A video that has nothing bad in it. Nothing sexual.” She said that she had four YouTube channels — one in English and the others in Turkish and Farsi.
Her brother also confirmed that his sister had a vendetta against YouTube. “She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,” Shahran Aghdam told reporters as his mother cried in the background. His father was also overheard asking a reporter about the condition of the victims.
Shahran told reporters that the family moved to California from Iran in 1996 and that his sister recently moved in with her grandmother. He also told reporters that after police found his sister, they promised the family that they would keep an eye on her.
He said that Wednesday would have been her 38th birthday. “She chose the day to die the day she came,” he told reporters.
The mistakes by police were not as egregious as the Parkland shooting, where 17 people were murdered. The Parkland shooter was reported to police and the FBI more than 50 times and nothing was done. However, the result is similar, and the mistakes are glaring.