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                                                                                                 U.S. NEWS Thursday 5 april 2018

            Police: YouTube shooter was

            calm in interview before attack

            By ELLIOT SPAGAT and SUD-    good person” and had no      segments  about  vegan-
            HIN THANAWALA                history of mental illness, said   ism, animal cruelty and ex-
             Associated Press            a woman named Leila who      ercise,  along  with  glamor
            MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — Just  identified herself as an aunt   shots of herself.
            hours  before  she  shot  and  as  she  entered  the  family   Police  in  Mountain  View
            wounded  three  people  at  home  in  Menifee.  She  did   said  they  spoke  to  Ismail
            YouTube      headquarters,  not give her last name.       Aghdam  twice  after  con-
            Nasim    Aghdam     calmly  The  shooter’s  family  later   tacting the family to report
            told  police  who  found  her  distributed  a  statement   finding  his  daughter  and   This Aug. 12, 2009, photo shows Nasim Aghdam, right, as she
                                                                                                   joins members of People for the Ethical for Animals, PETA, pro-
            sleeping in her car that she  outside the home saying it   that  he  never  told  them   testing at the main gate of Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton
            was having family problems  was “in absolute shock and    she could become violent     in Oceanside, Calif., against the Marine’s killings of pigs in a mili-
            and had left her home.       can’t make sense of what     or  pose  a  threat  to  You-  tary exercise.
            During  the  20-minute  in-  has happened.”               Tube employees.q                                                      Associated Press
            terview  with  officers  early  “Although  no  words  can
            Tuesday, she did not men-    describe  our  deep  pain
            tion being angry with You-   for  this  tragedy,  our  family
            Tube  or  having  accused  would  like  to  express  their
            the  company  of  suppress-  utmost  regret,  sorrow  for
            ing  her  video  posts.  She  what has happened to in-
            gave no indication she was  nocent  victims,”  the  state-
            a threat to herself or others.  ment said.
            “It was a very normal con-   Investigators  do  not  be-
            versation.                   lieve Aghdam, who was in
            There  was  nothing  in  her  her late 30s, targeted any-
            behavior  that  suggested  one in particular, and there
            anything  unusual,”  said  is no reason to believe she
            Mountain View Police Chief  illegally obtained the semi-
            Max Bosel.                   automatic 9mm pistol used
            Later that day, she went to  in  the  shooting,  San  Bruno
            a  gun  range  before  walk-  Police  Chief  Ed  Barberini
            ing  through  a  parking  ga-  said.
            rage  into  a  courtyard  at  Aghdam  walked  onto  the
            YouTube’s campus south of  YouTube  property  through
            San  Francisco,  where  she  a  parking  garage  and  it’s
            opened  fire  with  a  hand-  not  clear  whether  she  en-
            gun  and  wounded  three  countered any security.
            people. She then killed her-  Two  women  wounded  in
            self.                        the shooting were released
            The  sequence  of  Agh-      Wednesday  from  a  San
            dam’s  activities  emerged  Francisco hospital. The third
            Wednesday as police con-     victim,  a  36-year-old  man,
            tinued  gathering  informa-  was upgraded from critical
            tion  about  the  attacker  to serious condition.
            and her motives.             The day before the attack,
            Agents  with  the  Bureau  of  the  shooter’s  father,  Ismail
            Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms  Aghdam,  said  he  warned
            and  Explosives  searched  police  that  his  daughter
            two  Southern  California  was  upset  with  how  You-
            homes    where    Aghdam  Tube  handled  her  videos
            had  lived.  Spokeswoman  and  might  be  planning  to
            Ginger  Colbrun  would  not  go to its offices.
            confirm  the  locations  but  Nasim  Aghdam  “hated”
            reporters  saw  agents  en-  YouTube  and  was  angry
            tering  homes  in  the  com-  that the company stopped
            munities of Menifee, south-  paying  her  for  videos  she
            east of Los Angeles, and 4S  posted, Ismail Aghdam told
            Ranch, north of San Diego.   the Bay Area News Group.
            Aghdam  was  a  “really  Her  video  posts  included
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