KitGuru Says: Whether you agree or disagree with YouTube's censorship, I think it's risky to justify the frankly unstable actions of Aghdam as a by-product of the platform's actions.
The war of words played out Wednesday, as investigators here and in the Southern California towns where Aghdam lived digged deeper into the chaotic attack.
Police confirmed Tuesday that a woman believed to be a shooter opened fire at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, wounding at least four people before apparently killing herself.
"Our family is in absolute shock", he wrote, "and can't make sense of what happened yesterday". Family says they tried to warn police something might happen. "We are praying for speedy recovery of the injured and ask God to bestow patience upon all persons hurt in this horrific, senseless act". Monday night, Nasim slept in her vehicle, and her father reported her missing.
Aghdam was intense, he said.
At 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Mountain View police encountered Aghdam asleep in her white 2006 Pontiac Coupe, parked in a Walmart lot. He talked to the police officer who had originally called him and he told that officer of his family's concerns.
Police are investigating a website that appears to show the same woman lambasting YouTube for restricting her videos.
San Bruno Police also said that she had visited a local gun range Tuesday morning prior to her arrival at YouTube. Suspect's family told them "YouTube ruined her life".
In the event of the attack, Aghdam fired multiple shots from a Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun which was registered in her name.
According to a late-night San Bruno Police Department release, Aghdam was a 39-year-old resident of San Diego.
In an Instagram post from March 18 she said the video sharing website was using its tools 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 thought she might go there and start a fight or something and then the cop told me he would keep an eye on her", her brother said. "It's not like she stood out", he told Mercury News.
"I Googled 'Mountain View, ' and it was close to YouTube headquarters". Officers ran her license plate and discovered she had been reported missing and was considered "at risk" because she had never gone missing or left home before.
Her apparent website, meanwhile, featured her now-defunct videos, materials supporting her vegan beliefs and often-graphic footage of animal abuse - along with a vitriolic statement making clear her feelings about YouTube. Police say she entered the courtyard through a parking garage. Next to another video, which also had been blocked Wednesday, she wrote: "This video got age restricted after new close-minded employees, got control of my farsi youtube channel past year 2016 and began filtering my videos to reduce views & suppress & discaurage (sic) me from making videos!"
The woman's grievances against YouTube appear to be centered around censorship and revenue.
"Today it feels like the entire community of YouTube, all of the employees, were victims of this crime", said Chris Dale, a spokesman for YouTube. "Whether that rises to the level of terrorism hopefully will be determined in the next couple of weeks".
San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said Aghdam's autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Later that day, at 12:46 p.m., police began receiving reports of gunshots - and within two minutes, officers arrived on YouTube's campus to find employees fleeing the scene. The third victim, a 36-year-old man initially classified by hospital officials in critical condition, had his condition upgraded to fair on Thursday.