Thursday, 17 January, 2019

YouTube shooter's dad speaks publicly for the first time

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Adrian Cunningham | 07 April, 2018, 00:39

That fear turned into reality Tuesday afternoon when Aghdam shot three people at the YouTube campus in San Bruno before killing herself with a handgun.

Aghdam, 38, bought the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun at the undisclosed San Diego dealer on January 16, more than two months before she stormed into the San Bruno company's outdoor cafeteria area and shot random employees as a result of her dispute over YouTube's new video policies, according to San Bruno Police Commander Geoff Caldwell.

Aghdam was a "really good person" and had no history of mental illness, said a woman named Leila who identified herself as an aunt as she entered the family home in Menifee.

"Our family is in absolute shock and can't makes sense of what happened", they said in a statement to Mercury News. "Although no words can describe our deep pain for this tragedy, our family would like to express their utmost regret, sorrow for what has happened to innocent victims".

A woman on Tuesday at USA state of California, open fired at the headquarters of YouTube.

Thanawala reported from San Francisco.

The brother has revealed that in advance of the attack, he and his family warned the police about her unstable status.

"If you are superficial, you will think it is heaven here", she said.

"The father confirmed to us that the family had been having issues at home, but did not act in any way concerned about why his daughter had left", it said.

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As of right now, the three shooting victims were rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The third victim, a 36-year-old man, was upgraded from critical to serious condition. She told Mountain View police who spoke to her around 2 a.m. Tuesday that she had come to the area to stay with relatives and was looking for a job, police said.

"This will be a long and very methodical investigation", said Geoff Caldwell, a police commander in San Bruno, where YouTube is located. "We called the cops again and told them there is a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there so she might do something". According to the New York Post, Aghdam might also have been angry that YT had censored one of her workout video tutorials for being too provocative.

"Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" one of the messages on the site said. "I'm praying for the safety of everyone at YouTube headquarters".

When Mountain View Police later told the family they found her sleeping in her auto, the brother says he warned them. Police say he also never told them she could become violent or pose a threat to YouTube employees.

"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!", Aghdam ranted in a screengrab shared by CNN, in which the 39 year-old San Diego native railed against unnamed dictatorships she claimed put "personal short term profit" over truth, hiding honesty to achieve what she termed nefarious goals, while hinting that YouTube was restricting her ability to post.

"I apologize", Ismail Aghdam told KGO.

The morning before going to the YouTube offices, Aghdam went to a local gun range.

While Aghdam's family recalled telling Mountain View officers that she might be in the Bay Area because of her grudge against YouTube, police asserted that at no time during their 20-minute conversation with Aghdam, or in two subsequent phone conversations with her father and brother, was there was any mention of her planning an attack at YouTube, or any potential violence from her. The information is so readily available because Aghdam was a creative contributor on Youtube's video platform.