Police: Woman Shot 3 Victims at YouTube’s San Bruno HQ, Then Killed Self

YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam
Screenshot / Instagram

The YouTube shooter has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, a self-described “vegan bodybuilder and animal rights activist.”

Photo of Nasim Aghdam, taken from her Facebook.

Authorities report she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting a man and two women at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California.

According to reports, Nasim, a woman in her late 30s, was a YouTuber herself and may have held a grudge against the self-broadcasting platform. According to Heavy, she ranted about the site in many of her online videos.

This is a developing story. All times Pacific.

Update — 9:30 PM:

A reporter for CBS 2/KCAL 9 News says she “Just spoke to the father of Nasim Aghdam. He says his daughter had been missing for several days. When cops found her in NorCal last night, he warned them she was angry with YouTube.”

Update — 8:56 PM:

In one of Nasim’s many online videos, she discussed her perceived censorship by YouTube, saying “This is what they are doing to a vegan activist, and many other people, who try to promote healthy, humane, and smart living.”

“People like me are not good for big businesses, like for animal businesses, for medicine businesses, and for many other businesses. That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us.”

Partial Transcript by Breitbart News’ Allum Bokhari:

I’m being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I’m not the only one.

So recently, they also attacked my Persian channel, Nasime Sabz, and if you go and check my videos you’ll see that my new videos hardly get views, and my old videos that used to get many views stopped getting views. So this is because I’m being filtered.

And another thing, they age-restricted my ab workout video, a video that has nothing bad in it, nothing sensual – why they did that? Because it got famous and was getting many views. So they age-restricted that video to keep it from getting views.

I contacted support team and they also said the same thing – “there are some inappropriate things in your video”

Many [inaudible] like Nicki Minaj, Miley and many others have sensual [inaudible].. so inappropriate for children to watch, don’t get age-restricted. But my videos – my workout video – gets age restricted.

This is what they are doing to a vegan activist, and many other people, who try to promote healthy, humane, and smart living. People like me are not good for big businesses, like for animal businesses, for medicine businesses, and for many other businesses. That’s why they are discriminating and censoring us. For more info visit my website.



In another social media video, Nisam acts as a contestant on the show America’s Got Talent.

On an archived website of Nasim’s, she alleged YouTube censored her account, posting:

CENSORSHIP DISCRIMINATION BY YOUTUBE STAFF AGAINST ME! Youtube is destroying my channels to “Suppress Freedom Of Speech” if you ckeck all my youtube channels you will realize my videos are merely relegated now, so that hardly anyone sees them!

Update — 8:45 PM:

Nasim was reportedly used as a source in an LA Times article about an animal rights protest:

For an hour, activists waved banners and chanted slogans at the main gate to the base. There were no arrests or confrontations.

“For me animal rights equals human rights,” said Nasim Aghdam, 29, a construction company office manager from San Diego. “Just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean we should take advantage of them.”

Update — 8:22 PM:

The YouTube shooter, Nasim Aghdam, described herself on her now-banned YouTube page as a “vegan bodybuilder and animal rights activist” per Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari.

Update — 8:12 PM:

Suspect Nasim Aghdam’s social media accounts reveal she had concerns about animal rights and free speech. Here is a video taken from her Instagram asking, “What do you think about freedom of speech and does it really exist in western countries!?” and “Do you think U.S.A is better than Iran, or is Iran better than U.S.A.?”

NBC Bay Area Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen reports that Nasim drove up to San Bruno from Riverside County before shooting a man and two women before killing herself:

Update — 7:36 PM:

The YouTube shooter has been identified by ABC News as Nasim Aghdam. Reports say she died from a self-

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Update — 2:54 PM: Via the Associated Press —

Authorities say a woman believed to be the shooter at YouTube headquarters is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot and four others have been wounded.

San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini told reporters Tuesday that the victims have gunshot wounds and were taken to hospitals.

A spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital says it received three patients. Spokesman Brent Andrew says a 36-year-old man is in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman is in serious condition and a 27-year-old woman is in fair condition.

He says the hospital is expecting more patients but doesn’t know their conditions.

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Update — 2:14 PM: Different hospitals expecting multiple patients.

Update — 2:06 PM: Via Joel Pollak —

Another eyewitness told KTVU that a second victim, another woman, was shot “10 times” and was almost certainly dead. Then there were four shots, and then nothing. He says the shooting began in the courtyard of the YouTube building where there was a party going on.

(As a caveat, the man refused to give his name to reporters, saying, “Everybody knows me.”)

Update — 2:05 PM: Second report that the suspect is a woman.

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Update — 1:58 PM: Via Breitbart California Editor Joel Pollak —

KTVU just reported that Mike Finney, an employee at the Carl’s Jr. across the street from the YouTube complex, treated a young Asian woman who had been shot in the calf. He used a bungee cord as a tourniquet until she was evacuated. She was calm and did not seem to have seen the shooter.

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Update — 1:50 PM: Federal law enforcement responds.

Update — 1:45 PM: Local ABC station reports that a law enforcement source claims “the shooter is a white, adult female wearing a dark top and head scarf.”

Update — 1:34 PM:

Police search YouTube employees after office evacuation (screenshot via KGO / Circa / Periscope)

Update — 1:32 PM: San Bruno police confirm “active shooter” just minutes ago.

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Update — 1:29 PM: Perspectives from outside the building:

Update — 1:25 PM: Employee gives a detailed account of the ordeal from inside — casualties are unknown at this point, but he reports seeing blood:

Update — 1:23 PM: Employees evacuated.

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