Nasim Aghdam, 39, bought the 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol from a shop in San Diego on January 16 - about 11 weeks before she targeted the company, unleashing chaos as employees were eating lunch, San Bruno police Commander Geoff Caldwell told USA TODAY. Barberini also said the 39-year-old got into the building through a parking garage, and that investigators are in the process of executing search warrants at two properties. The gun was registered in her name.
It was unclear late Tuesday what authorities knew about Aghdam's history with YouTube before she wounded three people with a handgun.
"Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!" one of the messages said.
Mountain View police dismissed the suggestion they did nothing and refuted the brother's description of the call. Her brother told CNN affiliate KGTV that "she never hurt any creature" before Tuesday.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in a statement, "There are no words to describe how awful it was to have an active shooter YouTube today". Aghdam "hated" YouTube and was angry that the company stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform, her father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group.
It was the closest the neighbors got to the rage Aghdam expressed in the countless videos she created to show off her biceps, rant against meat-eaters and animal cruelty and excoriate YouTube for ultimately cutting into the profits she was making from advertisers on her videos.
YouTube said Wednesday it will increase security at its headquarters and offices around the world.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Iranian-American woman who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters this week appears to have lashed out after she felt the company had censored her often freaky videos- a motive that many found perplexing in Iran, where YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are blocked. Earlier reports indicated that the shooting may have resulted from a domestic situation, but authorities later pulled back from those statements. His condition was upgraded from critical when he was brought in Tuesday. A 36-year-old man remains hospitalized in serious condition, the hospital said. Both women have since been released from a hospital, officials said.
"At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence", the police statement continued. The father finally emerged from his two-story home Wednesday afternoon and faced the crowd of reporters and TV trucks that had camped out all day. He's heartbroken, he's a dad, he's a great guy. "I did the best I can to avoid it but the cop didn't do their job", her brother insisted in an interview with this news agency.
YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Mason could not immediately be reached for comment.
When he found out she was in Mountain View, he Googled the city and found out it was near YouTube's headquarters.
Barberini said there is no evidence linking the woman to anyone at YouTube, nor is there evidence she selected her targets. She also had a website that contained a manifesto targeting YouTube for demonetizing her videos.
NBC News reported that her four YT channels collectively had more than 9.2 million views since she joined the site in 2010 and that her alleged grievances stemmed from changes made by the site in how it pays video creators for ads shows before or alongside their videos.