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Iranian animal rights activist behind YouTube shooting in California

Suspect, 39-year-old San Diego resident Nasim Aghdam - File photo
The authorities of California State in the US identified the attacker of YouTube offices in San Bruno on Tuesday, turned to be an Iranian origin animal rights activist named Nasim Aghdam, which resulted in the injury of three people.

Aghdam was found self-inflicted wound, according to San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini. "At this time, we believe it to be the shooter," he told reporters.
While the drive behind the shooting is still unknown, speculations assume that Aghdam was angry at the company because it stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, according to her father.

Ismail Aghdam told the Bay Area News Group that he warned police his daughter, Nasim Aghdam, 39, might be going to YouTube because she "hated" the company. He reported his daughter missing on Monday after she did not answer her phone for two days.

Aghdam was quoted in a 2009 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training. She dressed in a wig and jeans with drops of painted "blood" on them, holding a plastic sword at the demonstration outside the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.

"For me, animal rights equal human rights," Aghdam told the Union-Tribune at the time.

"We were sitting in a meeting and then we heard people running because it was rumbling the floor. First thought was earthquake," employee Todd Sherman tweeted.

Sherman said that as he headed for an exit "someone said that there was a person with a gun," and added "at that point every new person I saw was a potential shooter."

Sherman's tweets continued: "I looked down and saw blood drips on the floor and stairs. Peeked around for threats and then we headed downstairs and out the front."

YouTube headquarters is located some 30 miles from the main Google campus in Mountain View.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 04 April 2018 03:08 PM
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