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6 New Details About Nasim Najafi Aghdam, The YouTube Shooter Who Wounded Four People In California

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Officials say she hated YouTube.

A California woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday, wounding four people and then killing herself.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot multiple YouTube employees with a handgun before fatally shooting herself in the head.

The motive behind the shooting has not been determined but authorities are investigating her social media accounts, which have expressed anger toward YouTube and its policies.

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YouTube is owned by Google and is one of the top social media companies in the world. Its staff quickly shared details about the shooting via social media and the news spread like wildfire.

The life of Nasim, who was in her late 30s, is being thoroughly examined in order to explain why she specifically targeted YouTube.

Here is everything we know so far about the YouTube shooter:

1. She was an animal rights and vegan activist.

Nasim was an avid animal rights advocate and vegan activist. Her beliefs were well documented all over her Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, which have since been taken down.

“For me, animal rights equals human rights,” she had said at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protest in 2009.

2. She was reported missing, found, and police said they’d “keep an eye on her.”

Nasim’s father, Ismail Aghdam, reported her missing Monday because she had not answered any of his calls and he had not heard from her in two days. According to LA Times, Ismail told authorities she could be on her way to the YouTube headquarters because she had vented to him about the company before.

Police located Naism in a Mountain View parking lot by her license plate and were able to get in contact with her.

"Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California," Katie Nelson, a spokeswoman for the department, said in an email. "The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions."

Although Nasim’s father had expressed his concerns about his daughter being near the YouTube headquarters, police said they would “keep an eye on her.”

"So they didn't do anything and she got killed," her brother, Shahran Aghdam, told ABC 10. "And three or four more people got hurt."

3. Nasim’s brother was worried she would do something dangerous.

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When Shahran found out Nasim was in Mountain View he was curious as to why she was there.

"I Googled 'Mountain View' and it was close to YouTube headquarters, and she had a problem with YouTube," her brother said. "So I called that cop again and told him there’s a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there, so she might do something."

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4. The motive for the shooting is still considered unclear.

Police have yet to release an official motive for the shooting but are looking into a website that appears to show Nasim accusing YouTube of being restrictive and unfair, CNN reports.

Law enforcement is also trying to figure out if Nasim knew the victims and purposely targeted them or if she shot at random. As of Tuesday, police told the LA Times "there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted."

5. Nasim blamed YouTube for her videos not getting enough views.

“She was always complaining that YouTube ruined her life,” Shahran told Mercury News.

In her videos on YouTube, which have since been taken down, Nasim is extremely critical of YouTube’s practices regarding video views. She claims the company decides what posts are seen more and takes down videos for no reason.

In one video, Nasim says her videos had been decreasing in views because of YouTube’s unfair policies.

"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!" Nasim wrote in a post on http://nasimesabz.com/, a website that appears to be hers. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

In a more recent Instagram, posted Mar. 18, Nasim went off on the company.

“All my youtube channels got filtered by youtube so my videos hardly get views and it is called ‘merely relegation,’” she wrote. “This is also happening to many other channels on youtube. This is the peaceful tactic used on the internet to censor and suppress people who speak the truth and are not good for the financial, political … gains of the system and big businesses. I recently got filtered on instagram too and maybe its related to youtube and youtube staff asked instagram to filter me here too!!?”

6. Her birthday was just after she killed herself.

Nasim would have celebrated her 38th birthday Wednesday, Mercury News reports.

The shooter’s brother told news outlets he was not sure why she had chosen the day before her birthday to end her life and attempt to take the lives of others. She had never hurt anyone before Tuesday, Sharhan told the outlet.

“She chose the day to die the day she came,” he said.

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