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YouTube shooting: Shooter's family claims they warned police about potential attack

Posted at 1:26 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 12:56:45-04

MENIFEE, Calif. — The family of the woman who allegedly shot three people at YouTube headquarters on Tuesday say they tried to warn police about a potential attack.

The family of Nasim Aghdam also described her as a peaceful person.

"She was a nice person," Agham's brother, who asked his name not be used, said. "I mean maybe not today, but she never hurt any creature."

Aghdam's family said her passion was preaching in favor of vegans and rallying against animal cruelty. In 2009, she was part of a PETA protest in San Diego.

The family says she felt she reached the most people through her YouTube page, but her relationship with the company turned ugly when YouTube changed its filters and she began to lose followers and viewers.

Aghdam's brother said his family began worrying about Nasim over the weekend. She was staying at her grandmother's home in 4S Ranch, California but she stopped answering her phone.

The family reported her missing to police.

Their fears only worsened when police told them that her car was found in Mountain View — just a half hour drive from YouTube's headquarters.

"I Googled 'Mountain View' and it was close to YouTube headquarters, and she had a problem with YouTube," Aghdam's brother said. "So I called that cop again and told him there’s a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there, so she might do something."

He said police told the family they would keep an eye on her. Twelve hours later, she was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting three YouTube employees.

"So they didn't do anything and she got killed," her brother said. "And three or four more people got hurt."

During a press conference on Tuesday, police confirmed that they did speak to Aghdram's family, but denied that they were warned of any potential acts of violence against YouTube.

"At no point during our roughly 20 minute interaction with her did she mention anything about YouTube, if she was upset with them, or that she had planned to harm herself or others," Mountain View police said. "Throughout our entire interaction with her, she was calm and cooperative."

Her family said they're not sure why Aghdam decided to confront YouTube on Tuesday, but her birthday is April 4. She would have turned 39.

Instead of celebrating, they are mourning. 

"It's not easy but it is what it is," her brother said. "I was too late."