Employees at Youtube’s Headquarters in San Bruno, California fled the building in terror on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, when gunshots were fired. The shooter was 39 year old Nasim Najafi Aghdam. Aghdam was found dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after injuring three other people. The victims were transported to nearby hospitals, two of the victims have been discharged but one still remains in critical condition. San Bruno police are saying that at the time there is no evidence that the victims were specifically targeted.
Aghdam had a Youtube channel, but months before the shootings her videos began to become restricted by Youtube and she lost viewers and subscribers. Her family said that she was obsessed with Youtube and seeing this upset her. She told her family that Youtube was ruining her life. Aghdam’s brother said that he told police that she “might do something” but San Bruno’s Police Chief, Ed Barberini, said “at no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos.” Her father, however, did say that Aghdam had been missing for several days. Police found her in a car in Mountain View, about 28 miles south of San Bruno that morning. It was said that she was very calm and cooperative with the police when they approached her, said CBS News.
Police identified the weapon as a 9mm semiautomatic handgun that was legally purchased at a gun range not far from Youtube HQ. Employees at the gun range said Aghdam was there for about three hours on Tuesday. “It was obvious that she had never shot a gun before, her hold was incorrect and it took her awhile to get a good aim,” says one of the employees, who has asked to be remained as unidentified. Aghdam’s family says they are, “in absolute shock and can’t make sense of what has happened.” Freshman, Lillian Dekeyzer, was asked if she thought the shooting could have been prevented. She responded with, “Yes it definitely could of been, the gun range should not of sold her a gun, especially when they said it was clear she did not know what she was doing. Also if her family had concerns they should of tired to prevent the situation.”
Many Youtubers have given their support about the shooting. Jake Paul posted on one of his videos “My head hurts, like, I’m devastated and confused, and, like….no one should have to go through these things.” Alex Wind is a student at Parkland High School, he posted on twitter saying, “Not even two months after what happened to our school…. This needs to stop now.” Since the shooting, protests around San Bruno about gun violence have expanded. People are not only reaching out to protect our schools, but their workplaces as well.