YOUTUBE SHOOT­ING

Nasim Agh­dam vis­ited the San Bruno cam­pus the day be­fore deadly at­tack; was stopped and asked for ID the day of

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Robert Sa­longa rsa­longa@ba­yare­anews­group.com

New de­tails emerge: Shooter Nasim Agh­dam was re­port­edly at the San Bruno cam­pus ask­ing about a job 24hours be­fore the April 3shoot­ing.

SAN BRUNO » YouTube shooter Nasim Agh­dam vis­ited the tech cam­pus and asked about a job a day be­fore she opened fire at an out­door court­yard, wound­ing three peo­ple be­fore fa­tally shoot­ing her­self, ac­cord­ing to new de­tails re­vealed by police Thurs­day.

The news re­lease from San Bruno police also in­cluded a pre­vi­ously un­re­ported de­tail that mo­ments be­fore the April 3 shoot­ing, the 38-year-old Agh­dam was ini­tially stopped by a YouTube em­ployee who asked her for a com­pany ID. Agh­dam re­port­edly re­sponded by pulling a pis­tol out of her purse, prompt­ing the em­ployee to run away and call 911.

Agh­dam then en­tered a court­yard, where she fired ran­domly into a lunchtime crowd be­fore shoot­ing and killing her­self, police said.

The de­tail about Agh­dam’s ear­lier ap­pear­ance at YouTube’s Cherry Av­enue head­quar­ters pro­vides a no­table new point in the time­line lead­ing up to the shoot­ing

ccord­ing to police, she went there around 12:40 p.m. on April 2 and was at the site for about 10 min­utes, dur­ing which she asked for di­rec­tions to the main of­fice. She even­tu­ally showed up at the front desk, “where she in­quired about em­ploy­ment,” of­fi­cials said.

Un­til Thurs­day, the known time­line for Agh­dam­con­sisted of her last be­ing seen in San Diego three days be­fore the shoot­ing, then be­ing contacted by police while she was sleep­ing in her car in­Moun­tain View the night of April 2. The morn­ing of April 3, she ap­peared at a lo­cal gun range about two hours be­fore she ap­peared at the tech cam­pus and opened fire.

Agh­dam’s fam­ily con­tends that when they were alerted that she was in Moun­tain View, they warned police about her an­i­mos­ity to­ward YouTube. police said Agh­dam ex­hib­ited no sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal be­hav­ior and that the fam­ily did not sug­gest that she was plan­ning to com­mit vi­o­lence.

She walked from a nearby park­ing garage on Bay­hill Drive to an out­door court­yard. Police said an em­ployee “re­quested that Agh­dam pro­duce a YouTube iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badge,” but she ig­nored the re­quest and “re­moved a pis­tol” from her purse.

“Agh­dam walked east through the court­yard and be­gan fir­ing in­dis­crim­i­nately into a crowd of em­ploy­ees eating lunch. She emp­tied her pis­tol of am­mu­ni­tion, reloaded another mag­a­zine, and con­tin­ued fir­ing at the building and into the crowd,” police said in Thurs­day’s state­ment. “Agh­dam turned the pis­tol on her­self, fir­ing it into her chest.”

By the time the hor­ror had ceased, police said 20 bul­lets had been fired, with one more round still re­main­ing in the Smith & Wes­son 9mm semi- au­to­matic hand­gun that she had pur­chased Jan. 2 froma San Diego gun range.

She picked up the gun on Jan. 16, the same day the in­ter­net gi­ant an­nounced more strin­gent rules for how users make money on the plat­form, ap­par­ently spurring a grudge fu­eled by the no­tion YouTube was cen­sor­ing graphic anti-an­i­mal cru­elty videos she had posted and had stopped sell­ing ads for her work­out videos.

Police reaf­firmed Thurs­day that she acted alone and that “the pri­mary mo­tive for this crime is be­lieved to be Agh­dam’s dis­plea­sure with YouTube busi­ness prac­tices. There is no ev­i­dence that her ac­tions were in­tended to sup­port any spe­cific cause or ide­ol­ogy.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing re­mains ac­tive. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case can con­tact San Bruno police at 650- 616-7100 or at sbpdti­pline@sanbruno.ca.gov.

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FILE PHOTO

YouTube em­ploy­ees are es­corted in and out of their building on April 4, one day af­ter a dis­grun­tled YouTube user shot three peo­ple and killed her­self on the cam­pus in San Bruno.

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