Police reportedly found and questioned Nasim Aghdam on the morning of the YouTube shooting, then let her go

Nasim Aghdam. Screenshot via DailyMotion
  • Police in California found Nasim Aghdam, identified by authorities as the woman who opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday, in a car around 2 a.m. on the day of the attack, according to multiple news reports.
  • Officers in Mountain View, about 30 minutes from YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, are said to have matched her licence plate to a missing-person report.
  • Aghdam’s father said he had warned police on Monday that his daughter was angry at YouTube and may go to its offices, The Mercury News reported.
  • It’s unclear whether police knew about these apparent warnings during the stop.

Police in California contacted and questioned Nasim Aghdam, identified by authorities as the woman who opened fire at YouTube on Tuesday, early on the day of the attack, according to multiple news reports.

Authorities have said Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident, injured three people at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, before killing herself.

The news reports say officers in Mountain View, California, about 30 minutes from the site of the shooting, found Aghdam asleep in a car around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

“Officers located an adult female by the same name asleep in a vehicle in a Mountain View parking lot early this morning,” Katie Nelson, a Mountain View Police Department spokeswoman, told BuzzFeed News. “The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions.”

Nelson told The Mercury News that “officers made contact with the woman after the licence plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California.” Nelson also said officers notified Aghdam’s family that she had been located.

The Mercury News reported that Aghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, contacted law-enforcement officials in the San Diego area on Monday because he was concerned about her grievances toward YouTube. He said he warned that his daughter may be travelling to the company’s offices.

Nasim Aghdam didn’t appear to be a threat to herself or others, Nelson told The Associated Press. Nelson did not say whether officers had been warned that Aghdam might have been headed to YouTube’s headquarters.

Aghdam’s father told local news outlets that his daughter “hated” YouTube and believed the platform was discriminating against her by demonetizing her videos.

Social media accounts linked to Nasim Aghdam appear to illustrate her dissatisfaction with YouTube’s policies and contain messages about animal rights and veganism.

It’s unclear whether the Mountain View officers knew about Aghdam’s history with YouTube or her father’s warning when they stopped her.

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