Multiple law enforcement sources initially said it appeared the motive was related to domestic dispute, but San Bruno police later said that “at this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”
Aghdam’s family told NBC News that she was a longtime YouTube user who felt she had been cheated.
YouTube “stopped everything and now she has no income,” her father, Ismail Aghdam, said in a brief phone interview. He said his daughter was at YouTube on Tuesday but said he did not know how she was involved in the incident.
He later told a local news outlet that his daughter “hated” the internet-video company. “She was angry,” he said, according to the Mercury News.
Police in Mountain View, California, southeast of San Bruno, said they encountered a woman named Nasim Aghdam early Tuesday morning. She was asleep in a car at a parking lot and the license plate matched that of a missing person out of Southern California, and Aghdam confirmed her identity and her family was notified, a police spokesperson said in an email.
“According to our report, at no point in our contact with the woman did she indicate she was a threat to herself or others,” the Mountain View police spokesperson said.
It appears Aghdam was a longtime animal rights activist. Nearly a decade ago, she took part in a demonstration organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California to protest the killing of pigs during a military exercise.