The brother of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam slammed local authorities in the wake of her violent rampage at the tech giant’s California headquarters, accusing them of missing the opportunity to prevent the attack and his sister’s suicide.
“They didn’t do anything and she got killed and three or four more people got hurt,” Shahran Aghdam told the Mercury News. “I did the best I can to avoid it but the cops didn’t do their job.”
Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at the YouTube headquarters on Tuesday, police in Mountain View spotted Nasim Aghdam sleeping in her car.
She explained she’d left home due to family problems and remained calm throughout the conversation, Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel said. The same day, Aghdam visited a gun range and later opened fire into a courtyard at the video-sharing platform’s campus in San Bruno.
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Three people were wounded in the shooting and fourth injured their ankle in the chaos before Aghdam turned the handgun on herself.
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.
Aghdam, an aspiring internet star devoted to sharing her vegan principles and animal rights advocacy online, “hated” YouTube and was angry the company had demonetized her content, her father previously said.
“Our family is in absolute shock and can’t makes sense of what happened,” they said in a statement to Mercury News.
“Although no words can describe our deep pain for this tragedy, our family would like to express their utmost regret for what happened to innocent victims.”
Family members first reported Aghdam missing on Monday, filing an “at-risk” report with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office as she’d recently lived with her grandmother in the area.
Officials said Aghdam did nothing to suggest she was a danger to herself or others when they found her asleep in a Walmart parking lot the next day.
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“It was a very normal conversation,” Bosel said, with authorities emphasizing the family gave no indication Aghdam would turn violent.
But her brother said he expressed additional concern upon learning she was discovered by police so close to the YouTube campus.
“We called the cops again and told them there is a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there so she might do something,” he told the News.
“I didn’t know she had a gun. I thought she might go there and start a fight or something, and then the cop told me he would keep an eye on her.”
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