A woman who shot and wounded three people before killing herself at YouTube headquarters went to the building the day before to ask for a job.
Nasim Aghdam scoped out the YouTube campus on April 2, asking employees for directions to the main office, before being directed to the front desk where she inquired about employment, San Bruno police have revealed.
That night she slept in her car in a parking lot about three miles from Google headquarters in Mountain View.
The next day, police say, she practiced shooting at a gun range before driving to YouTube, parking her car in a garage and walking to a door leading to the courtyard.
A image from video provided by the Mountain View Police Department, Nasim Aghdam is questioned by officers after being found asleep in her car in Mountain View, California
Police say she ignored an employee who asked for a YouTube identification badge.
She also had the handwritten address of Google, which owns the video-sharing site, in her car at the time of the shooting.
The department said it appears the 39-year-old committed the April 3 attack because she was displeased with YouTube’s business practices, which family members say she complained were costing her income and an audience.
San Bruno police Commander Geoff Caldwell later told The Associated Press that investigators may never know exactly what prompted Aghdam – a prolific video maker – to leave her family in Southern California and drive to the San Francisco Bay Area with a 9mm pistol she obtained legally in January.
‘I don’t believe we’re going to find much more about Nasim Aghdam or her background. There’s a lot of unanswered questions.’
Law enforcement officials walk toward YouTube offices after the shooting
In the hours after the shooting Aghdam’s bizarre online presence emerged revealing an obsession with YouTube’s policies and her channel views
Vegan bodybuilder, singer, athlete, artist, and director were just some of the words that Nasim Aghdam used to describe herself in her videos
YouTube issued a statement Thursday saying it continues ‘to enhance our security and preparedness.’
Aghdam made bizarre videos that she posted online. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained a vegan diet, often with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.
People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, However, the company changed its policy in January and stopped paying YouTubers who had smaller audiences.
Aghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group that he reported his daughter missing and warned police the day before the attack that she was upset with how YouTube handled her videos and might be planning to go to its offices.
Mountain View police said they found his daughter sleeping in her car, but she gave no indication she was a threat to herself or others. They also said the father never mentioned YouTube employees might be in danger.
Ismail Aghdam said Thursday that the family remains baffled about why she would carry out such an attack.
‘My wife just cries every day,’ he said.