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The woman who opened fire at YouTube’s northern California headquarters may have been a disgruntled user of the video-sharing site.
Police identified the woman in Tuesday’s shooting as San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who was in her late 30s.
Aghdam injured three people at the San Bruno campus, south of San Francisco, then turned the gun on herself, authorities said. A fourth person was wounded in the ankle while escaping the gunfire.
Authorities don’t know the motive for the shooting, but they are investigating a website that appears to show the same woman accusing YouTube of restricting her videos, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The website points to a prolific and longtime user of social media. It lists four YouTube channels for the woman – one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English, and one dedicated to the art of the hand. He also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan living.
CNN makes every effort to verify the authenticity of the website. YouTube parent company Google referred CNN to an earlier statement about the shooting when contacted about the website.
The woman’s grievances against YouTube appear to center on censorship and revenue.
“There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want!!!!!” a bed post. “Youtube filtered my channels to prevent them from getting views!”
Another article accuses “closed-minded” YouTube employees of imposing an age limit on videos, saying it’s aimed at reducing views and discouraging the woman from making new videos.
On a YouTube channel, the same woman described herself as a vegan bodybuilder and animal rights activist. By Tuesday evening, the account had been terminated, with a YouTube post citing “multiple or serious violations” of its policy.
Posts are not limited to YouTube. Videos on several social media platforms include articles about animal rights, the vegan lifestyle and the political system in Iran. Others include a bizarre mix of musical parodies.
While questions remain over the motive, police said there was no evidence the shooter knew the victims or that they were specifically targeted.
The YouTube shooter joins a rare list of female abusers. The FBI reviewed incidents involving active shooters in the United States between 2000 and 2016 and found that only nine of the 220 incidents involved female shooters.
YouTube was founded in February 2005 and quickly became a major online video site. It was later purchased by Google.
More than 1,100 people work at YouTube’s office in San Bruno, about 10 miles from San Francisco.