Citing law enforcement officials, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit reports the suspect was Nasim Aghdam of San Diego.
Hours before officers were called to YouTube's headquarters after being informed of an armed intruder, they had spotted the assailant parked in her auto and sleeping in a Walmart parking lot. "At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located".
The crazed woman who opened fire at YouTube's headquarters before killing herself had been found by police snoozing in her auto the night before the attack after her family reported her missing, according to a report. "She was a nice person, until today".
Her father, Ismail Aghdam, said she had become angry at the site after believing they were trying to "suppress" content creators. Nasim was born in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution when women's rights were severely restricted, forbidding women to show any skin but their face and hands.
People in Iran expressed pity and shock that Aghdam would shoot others in a country that allows more social media freedom. "There is no free speech in the real world and you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system".
Barberini said there is no evidence linking the woman to anyone at YouTube, nor is there evidence she selected her targets. She featured everything from graphic images of dogs being skinned to vegan cooking tutorials.
Aghdam was known for protesting against animal cruelty and supporting a vegan lifestyle, relatives said. In the Q-&-A, she explained that veganism "is a diet of peace for all caring citizens of this planet, humans and non-human animals".
Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student in Tehran, questioned why Aghdam chose to live in America, adding: "I wish I was there to use YouTube freely". She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in freakish productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.
US President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he had been briefed on the shooting.
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So he called police to say "she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something". She did not give her last name.
In that call, they did not mention anything about violent tendencies or the possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with YouTube. "They said, 'Don't worry about, '" Ismail said. "They fought a lot", he said. The spokesman, however, said current security measures prevented Aghdam from entering the complex. "It was like she was staring me down".
"At no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence", the police statement continued. She got upset when the two teens rode their skateboards through the complex. He declined to say where she purchased the weapon. "Your channel will grow if they want [it] to!"
People who post on YouTube can receive money from advertisements that accompany their videos, but the company "de-monetizes" some channels for reasons including inappropriate material or having fewer than 1,000 subscribers.
Her family still doesn't understand how her anger toward YouTube turned into a rampage - and the end of her life one day before her 39th birthday.
Aghdam had been reported missing Saturday in San Diego County.
Aghdam's motives are now unknown, but videos online suggest she had a vendetta about the video sharing website YouTube.