Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vegan Bodybuilder Who Shot 3 in Rampage at YouTube HQ 'Had Vendetta against Tech Firm'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vegan Bodybuilder Who Shot 3 in Rampage at YouTube HQ 'Had Vendetta against Tech Firm'

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Byline: David Gardner US Correspondent

THE FATHER of the woman who shot three people at YouTube's California headquarters before killing herself revealed today that she "hated" the company.

Vegan bodybuilder Nasim Aghdam's father, Ismail, said he had warned the authorities on Monday that he was worried his daughter might seek revenge. The 38-year-old YouTuber told her family weeks ago that she was "angry" because the video-sharing site had been "censoring her films and stopped paying her for her content," Mr Aghdam said. He added that he had called police to report his daughter missing on Monday because she had not answered her mobile phone for two days.

At around 2am yesterday several hours before the gun rampage police called the family to say everything was "under control" and officers had found Ms Aghdam sleeping in her car.

"Our officers made contact with the woman after the licence plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California," Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said. "The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions. At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located."

Mountain View is less than a 30-minute drive from YouTube's San Bruno headquarters. Several hours after Aghdam was questioned and released, she drove to the internet company's sprawling offices armed with a 9mm handgun.

Wearing glasses and a scarf, she opened fire on terrified YouTube staff, leaving a 36-year-old man critically wounded and seriously injuring two women, aged 32 and 27. A fourth person injured their ankle while scrambling to escape the shots. Engineer Zach Vorhies said he saw the shooter yelling "come get me" at police. Dianna Arnspiger, another employee, said the gunwoman had a "huge pistol". On one of her many websites, Aghdam claimed to have at least four YouTube channels, one in English and others in Farsi and Turkish. …

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