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Shooting At YouTube Headquarters; Suspected Woman Shooter Dead

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YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Northern California, on Tuesday afternoon faced a chaotic mass shooting. A female shooter allegedly stormed into the campus and openly fired with a handgun. San Bruno police later identified the shooter as Nasim Aghdam, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

The attacker, who was in her late 30s, injured three employees and took her own life after the shootings.

Nasim goes by many identities such as Iranian, Muslim, vegan, PETA activist and founder of a website on YouTube. Her platform allegedly targets YouTube and censorship

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Motive unclear

The real reason behind Nasim’s motivation for the shootings is still not, clear. But the police have started the investigation based on her social media activities which included criticisms of YouTube. However, police have found that she didn’t have any relationship with anyone in the YouTube facility.

According to her website, it appears that a possible explanation of the shooting could be the poor viewership of her website over the past few months

“We know very, very little right now, and we probably won’t know more until tomorrow morning,” the chief said.

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While monitoring Nasim’s website, we found a post saying, “Be aware! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care for personal and short-term profits and do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science and everything, putting public mental and physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting the environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom and turning people into programmed robots!”

YouTube’s new advertising policy, which started from February 20, appears to have restricted viewership of Nasim’s channel. This could have led to the terrorist act, police said. Even though her channel had more than 5,000 subscribers, many of her videos appeared to be demonetized.

Afghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, said that he told police earlier this week that Nasim was “angry” at YouTube and “hated” the company

Among the wounded admitted in Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, one is a 36-year-old man who was in critical condition, one is 32-year-old woman and another one is 27-year-old woman.

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Here’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday shared:

2014 FBI study of 160 “active shooter incidents” that occurred in the US stated that the majority of shootings are committed by men. This conclusion was based on the shootings between 2000 and 2013. Women were the shooters in just six of the incidents studied, according to the FBI.

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