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YouTube HQ Shooter Identified

Last updated on February 16, 2019

A suspected female shooter was found dead Tuesday inside YouTube’s San Bruno, California, headquarters after an emergency erupted in the Silicon Valley town.

YouTube employees began posting to Twitter about a shooting around 1 p.m. PT and described a chaotic scene where a shooter was actively conducting violence

As of now, The San Bruno Police Department identified Nasim Najafi Aghdam as the shooter, who eventually turned the gun on herself. Three others who were wounded, each 32, 26, and 27 were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital with gunshot wounds.

This definitely was a surprise attack. Personally, I think Ian Sheer of CNET said it best: “The event rattled the tech industry, which has so far lived in relative comfort along the quiet peninsula that’s home to some of the world’s largest companies, including Apple, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard and YouTube’s parent company, Google (and its own parent company, Alphabet).”

He has a great point; a point that is not frequently pointed out in the tech industry, and something that not many people would expect.

YouTube itself is the internet’s biggest video site, a fact that drew more attention to the shooting and even considered/praised as the #2 search engine in the world with over 300 hours of content every single minute.

President Donald Trump did respond to the shooting praising law enforcement officers saying “Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved. Thank you to our phenomenal Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders that are currently on the scene.”


Some questions I wanted to answer.

Who was the shooter?

Police said that the shooter was Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego.

The San Bruno Police Department is investigating the motive for the shootings. “At this time, there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.” That statement was read yesterday, on Tuesday

What was the motive?

Well, there are still many questions being asked, and as I said above, it was clear she wasn’t targeting a certain individual but, according to CBS LA, “Aghdam’s father was too emotional to go on camera, but told CBS2 News’ reporter Tina Patel that his daughter had gone missing for a few days. He said he had called law enforcement in the San Diego area because he was concerned about her recent ire towards YouTube.”

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Sources: CNET, CBS, CBS LA, Twitter, CNN, and other trusted content partners of Jay Doherty Enterprises. 

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