YouTube shooter went to gun range the morning before massacre: Cops


Aghdam, 38, bought the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun at the undisclosed San Diego dealer on January 16, more than two months before she stormed into the San Bruno company's outdoor cafeteria area and shot random employees as a result of her dispute over YouTube's new video policies, according to San Bruno Police Commander Geoff Caldwell. He said he wasn't sure if his store - a long nondescript beige brick building next to an auto dealership, with palm trees surrounding the front entrance - had been contacted by law enforcement but said they would cooperate in any investigation.

Aghdam was "calm and cooperative" as she faced the officers that time, giving no indication of her reason for going there or mentioning YouTube at all.

Later that day, Aghdam went to a gun range before walking through a parking garage into a courtyard at YouTube's campus south of San Francisco, where she opened fire with a handgun and wounded three people, police said. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in freaky productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.

YouTube had no comment about any actions related to Aghdam's videos.

It's still unclear why she turned the gun on herself and whether she could have continued firing.

Officers also discovered Aghdam sleeping in her vehicle hours before the attack, failing to apprehend her as they thought she posed no risk, as previously reported byCrimeOnline.

Nasim Aghdam, 39, bought the 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol from a shop in San Diego on January 16 - about 11 weeks before she targeted the company, unleashing chaos as employees were eating lunch, San Bruno police Commander Geoff Caldwell told USA TODAY.

Her family has since been vocally critical of the Mountain View police, who they claim ignored their warnings about Aghdam and her disdain for YouTube.

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Police said she told them she had gone missing because of trouble at home, and was intending to stay with family nearby. She fatally shot herself.

Caldwell said she had legally bought the 9mm handgun from in San Diego in January, and it was registered in her name.

The brother said he was so concerned that he drove to San Francisco on the morning of the shooting to find her and was nearly there when the family was notified of the shooting.

Officers spent almost two hours Wednesday at the Jackson Arms Shooting Range in South San Francisco, a few miles from the YouTube headquarters.

An unnamed family member expressed concern that Aghdam was allowed to purchase a firearm without a psychiatric exam. The deceased woman who allegedly opened fire before killing herself was furious over the company stopping her video revenue, according to investigators.

"I think I am doing a great job, I have never fallen in love and have never got married". The other two gunshot victims, a 32-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman, have been released.

A 36-year-old man who has been in the hospital since Tuesday's shooting at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno is now in fair condition, a Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital spokesman said today. The company has vowed to beef up its security worldwide after the shooting.