Nasim Najafi Aghdam allegedly opened fire at YouTube’s California headquarters, injuring three people before killing herself, according to police. San Bruno police identified the suspect as a Californian resident of Iranian descent. She appeared often on YouTube and in one of her videos criticised the platform for discriminating against and filtering her posts.
Some 1,700 people work at the YouTube HQ. The company is owned by Google and is the area’s biggest employer.
Police say there is no evidence yet that she knew the victims, a 36-year-old man said to be in a critical condition, and two women aged 32 and 27. Aghdam had in the past posted material venting anger at YouTube.
She is reported to have approached an outdoor patio and dining area at the offices in San Bruno, near San Francisco, at about lunchtime and opened fire with a handgun.
One person with a bullet wound was found at the front of the company headquarters, Mr Barberini said. Minutes later officers found a woman who appeared to have shot herself, he said.
Two further victims were later discovered at an adjacent business. An employee at a nearby fast food restaurant told Fox station KTVU he had treated a young woman who suffered a bullet wound to the leg. He said he had fashioned a makeshift tourniquet from a bungee cord as they waited for first responders.
The attacker had been seen at a nearby shooting range before the attack, and a gun registered in her name was found at the scene. Her father said she did not own a gun, at least not to his knowledge.
According to Mercury News, Aghdam had been reporting missing in the days before the shooting. Police did locate her in Mountain View before the shooting assuring his father she was fine. Before that, she expressed her discontent with YouTube multiple times, claiming that Google’s video portal censored her content.