Nasim Aghdam was angry that YouTube stopped paying her for content she posted. She wounded several people at the company’s California headquarters before killing herself.
A woman with an apparent grudge against YouTube for what she claimed was censoring and de-monetizing her videos opened fire at the video-sharing service’s San Bruno, Ca., headquarters, wounding several people before fatally shooting herself, NPR reports. Police Chief Ed Barberini said the attack was carried out with a handgun. The police department said “there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.” The suspect was identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, 39.
Officers arrived at a chaotic scene as people were fleeing the YouTube building. Zachary Voorhies, a senior software engineer at YouTube, said he was preparing for lunch when a fire alarm went off. He and his team left the building and heard a commotion. “I heard a man yelling out, ‘Do you want to shoot me?’ and about 25 feet away from him was somebody on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound in his stomach and he was bleeding out of his shirt and he wasn’t moving,” said Voorhies. Aghdam’s father quoted her as saying that YouTube had stopped paying her for the content she posted to the site. YouTubers can receive payment for advertisements accompanying their videos, but the company ‘de-monetizes’ some channels for various reasons, meaning ads don’t run with them,” said the San Jose Mercury News.