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Female suspect in YouTube shooting identified; 3 wounded

Police say they are investigating why suspected shooter 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam attacked the company. (Source: San Bruno Police/Twitter) Police say they are investigating why suspected shooter 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam attacked the company. (Source: San Bruno Police/Twitter)
Police tweeted for people to stay out of the area due to police activity. (Source: Raycom Media) Police tweeted for people to stay out of the area due to police activity. (Source: Raycom Media)
Police frisk YouTube employees as they are evacuated from their San Bruno campus after shots fired. (Source: KGO/CNN) Police frisk YouTube employees as they are evacuated from their San Bruno campus after shots fired. (Source: KGO/CNN)
A heavy police presence outside of the YouTube campus as law enforcement responds to reports of an active shooter. (Source: KGO/CNN) A heavy police presence outside of the YouTube campus as law enforcement responds to reports of an active shooter. (Source: KGO/CNN)

(RNN) - The shooter who opened fire at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA, Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam, according to San Bruno Police.

Police say they are investigating a motive for the shooting.

"It's believed the suspect was upset with the policies and practices at YouTube," Police Chief Ed Barberini said Wednesday.

Aghdam's father told the Bay Area News Group he warned police his daughter might be going to YouTube headquarters because she "hated" the company, the Associated Press reports. He says she was angry because YouTube stopped paying her for videos she posted on the platform.

The AP initially reported police were investigating the incident as a domestic dispute. There's no evidence Aghdam knew the victims or that anyone was specifically targeted.

The shooter left three people wounded before taking her own life with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun.

Barberini said Aghdam went to a shooting range Tuesday morning to practice before heading to the YouTube campus. 

Zach Vorhies, a senior software engineer at YouTube, told the AP that he and others were calmly leaving the building after a fire alarm went off, when he saw a shooter in the courtyard yelling, "Come at me, or come get me."

Vorhies then saw a victim lying on his back with a possible gunshot wound to his stomach. Soon after, an officer carrying an assault rifle walked through a security door.

The San Francisco Chronicle described the victims as two women, ages 32 and 27, and a 36-year-old man.

The women are in serious condition and the man is listed as critical.

Reports of the shooting came in at 12:46 p.m. PT, just as lunch hour was ending.

Stanford Hospital says it has received patients from a shooting at YouTube headquarters, according to the AP.

San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew told KPIX the hospital received patients from the incident but could not confirm a number.

Todd Sherman, an employee at YouTube, tweeted about the ordeal. He was sitting in a meeting when he heard people running.

He first thought it was an earthquake. But when he left the room, he saw more people running and figured it was not some kind of drill.

As he headed toward the exit, someone informed him there was a person with a gun.

He looked down and could see blood drops on the floor and stairs.

Employees are exiting the building with their hands up and are being frisked by police.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told White House reporters that President Trump has been briefed on the shooting. He later tweeted about the incident. 

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi tweeted about the incident.

The ATF is also responding to the shooting.

YouTube is a free video sharing and streaming service. Originally created in 2005, YouTube is one of the most popular sites on the web. Visitors watch billions of hours of video every month.

YouTube also has a TV service that streams network programming.

Google, who purchased YouTube in November 2006 in a stock deal that was worth about $1.65 billion, tweeted that it is coordinating with authorities. YouTube employs 1,100 people at the campus.

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