Wednesday, April 04, 2018

YouTube Shooter

On April 3, 2018, an attack against YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, left four people shot and the shooter dead by her own hand. She called herself a "vegan vlogger."

Police identified the woman in Tuesday's shooting as San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who was in her late 30s. She may have been a disgruntled user of the video-sharing site.
Aghdam wounded three people at the campus in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, then turned the gun on herself, authorities said. A fourth person suffered an ankle injury while escaping the gunfire.

Aghdam appears to have been a prolific, longtime social media user. She lists four YouTube channels -- one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art. It also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan life and animal rights.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam's grievances against YouTube appear to be centered around censorship and revenue.
"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!" one post reads. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

Another post accuses "close-minded" YouTube employees of putting an age restriction 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 an animal rights activist. By Tuesday night, the account had been terminated, with a YouTube message citing "multiple or severe violations" of its policy.
The postings are not limited to YouTube. Videos on several social media platforms include posts on animal rights, vegan lifestyle and the political system in Iran. Others include a bizarre mix of musical parodies.
YouTube was founded in February 2005 and quickly became a major site for online videos. It was later purchased by Google.
More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube office in San Bruno, about 10 miles from San Francisco.
As questions remain on the motive, police have said there's no evidence the shooter knew the victims or that they were specifically targeted. 

The YouTube shooter joins a rare list of female attackers. The FBI examined active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2016, and found that only nine of the 220 incidents involved female shooters. 

Female shooters in mass situations are rare.

A married couple, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik massacred 14 people at a holiday party in 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Farook had worked with the San Bernardino County health department, which was hosting the party when the attack took place. They were both killed in a shootout with police.
On January 30, 2006, Jennifer San Marco visited her former place of employment, a postal distribution center in Goleta, California, and fatally shot six employees after killing a one-time neighbor. She then killed herself.

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Tom Mellett said...

Her attack took place on April 3, but our learning about her through the media takes place on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination.

Now read this article about the attempted assassination of MLK at a book signing in NYC in 1958, a full 10 years before his actual death. Notice the eerie similarities between the crazed black woman who stabbed MLK in 1958 and the YouTube shooter.

“King began to sign books, devoting a little time to each guest, exchanging friendly words. When the line had dwindled to about 20 people, a woman suddenly cut to the front. She was tall and dressed in an attractive jacket, white blouse, blue skirt, and heels. She wore earrings and fashionable cat-eye glasses, and she carried a big handbag. No one seemed to realize it was the angry woman from the previous night. Her name was Izola Ware Curry. She was 42 and divorced, a Georgia native who had moved
to New York and had worked as a maid. [ . . . ]

She possessed a loaded .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol that was concealed in her bra. She could have easily reached for it now, but she had another weapon hidden in her handbag, a Japanese letter opener in a bright crimson sheath. [ . . . ]

Are you Martin Luther King?” She asked.

“Yes, I am,” King answered.

Curry shouted, “I’ve been after you for five years! You’ve made enough people suffer. I have to do it! I have to do it!”

For some reason, she had chosen the blade over the pistol, and gripping the letter opener in her hand, she thrust her arm up in the air.

Tom Mellett said...

We’ve been here before, Loren, in the lead up to a 50th anniversary observance of an assassination or mass shooting event. Almost two years ago, on August 1, 2016, was the 50th anniversary of Charles Whitman taking to the UT Tower in Austin for his mass shooting spree.

On the day before, July 31, 2016, there was this shooting incident in downtown Austin within view of the Texas Tower.

And the day before that, July 30, 2016, 30 miles South of Austin, was the Smiley Face Balloon crash, killing 16 people, the same number that Whitman killed (although the count is now at 17 since a man died 30 or so years later from his wounds)

The next 50th anniversary observance arrives in 2 months, on June 6, 2018, for the assassination of RFK at the Ambassador Hotel here in Los Angeles.

Tom Mellett said...

But wait, there’s more! Exactly two years ago, you posted this:

What will happen on April 4? [2016]

I then posted this comment:
A student at the University of Texas Austin went missing late Sunday night, April 3 [2016] and her body was discovered on campus Tuesday morning, April 5.

The murder suspect has just been arrested.

This marks the first on campus murder at UT Austin since the Charles Whitman shooting from the Texas Tower on August 1, 1966.

Of course, we are just 4 months short of the 50th anniversary of the original prototypical public mass shooting event in the USA, which followed JFK's public midday assassination in Dallas by a little less than 3 years.

Today, there is a murder-suicide reported at Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

Time for a Texas murder tour? IH 35 connects all 3 hot spots: San Antonio --- Austin --- Dallas!

And then repeated it on your blog entry 4 months later

A Date to Watch: August 5, 2016

Maria Rigel said...

In terms of date, this synchs to famous black leaders not just through the assassination of MLK, but also because on April 3rd Malcolm X made what's possibly his most famous speech: "The ballot or the bullet".