Youtube Shooter

The ability for users to upload their own content can sometimes cause problems.

The ability for users to upload their own content can sometimes cause problems.

Megan Smith, Staff Writer

It was just like any other day at Youtube headquarters April 3.  Sitting amid the red umbrellas, employees sat on the patio eating lunch, not knowing they were soon going to witness a horrific scene.   

    A lady by the name of Nasim Najafi Aghdam went to the headquarters of Youtube in San Bruno, Calif. with a vendetta. Officials believe that Aghdam was mad with the company because she thought she was being treated unfairly. She didn’t like that her videos were being demonetized, which, as online tech news publication Recode explains is Youtube deems that a video is not a good fit for advertisers and takes all ads off. Youtube stopped playing ads before Aghdam’s videos (which some describe as very odd and pushed for a vegan lifestyle), and she felt the company was cheating her out of possible revenue. Luckily, only three people were injured from Aghdam’s shooting. It all ended with Aghdam turning the gun on herself.

No one suspected this horrific act of violence to come from Aghdam until she went missing from her home in San Diego and was found in Mountain View, Calif. Her running away was a mystery to her family until they connected that she was there because it was close to the headquarters.

Police were fast to respond to the scene as ABC News reports that it only took two minutes to respond. The police rushed into the building not knowing what to expect while the employees ran out and found cover at nearby restaurants. 

Today, mass shootings are common, but very few are caused by females. While Aghdam being female is out of the ordinary, she reportedly showed signs of mental illness, which is a common denominator in mass shootings. According to ABC 7 news, “It would seem someone who has compassion for animals should have compassion for people, but Dr. Young [Aghdam’s psychiatrist] says this could further the argument that mental health issues were at play.”