SAN BRUNO (CBS SF/AP) — San Mateo County authorities say a woman who shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the heart at the scene of the shooting.
The Mercury News reported Monday that the pathology report from the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office showed no evidence of alcohol or drugs in her system.
Authorities say Nasim Aghdam stormed into YouTube’s campus south of San Francisco on April 3 and shot into a crowd of employees.
Family members said the prolific video maker was upset with YouTube and complained the company’s business policies were costing her income and views.
Aghdam made videos in which she exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often with elaborate costumes or a rabbit.
Authorities said she scoped out the campus a day before striding into its courtyard and shooting indiscriminately into a crowd of employees eating lunch.
Aghdam also had the handwritten address of Google, which owns the video-sharing site, in her car at the time of the shooting, San Bruno police Commander Geoff Caldwell said in a news release days after the shooting.
The release said it appears Aghdam committed the April 3 attack because she was displeased with YouTube’s business practices, which family members say she complained were costing her income and an audience.
Caldwell later told The Associated Press that investigators may never know exactly what prompted Aghdam — a prolific video maker — to leave her family in Southern California and drive to the San Francisco Bay Area with a 9mm pistol she obtained legally in January.
“I don’t believe we’re going to find much more about Nasim Aghdam or her background,” Caldwell said. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions.”
The release said Aghdam had visited YouTube on April 2 and asked employees for directions to the main office. She was directed to the front desk where she inquired about employment.
The next day, police say, she practiced shooting at a gun range before driving to YouTube, parking her car in a garage and walking to a door leading to the courtyard.
Police say she ignored an employee who asked for a YouTube identification badge.
Aghdam’s father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group that he reported his daughter missing and warned police the day before the attack that she was upset with how YouTube handled her videos and might be planning to go to its offices.
Mountain View police said they found his daughter sleeping in her car, but she gave no indication she was a threat to herself or others. They also said the father never mentioned YouTube employees might be in danger.