UPDATE: Yeah, it kind of looks like the police dropped the ball. Apparently, the brother of the shooter warned the police she was angry at YouTube and was heading to YouTube to start some kind of ruckus.
“I Googled ‘Mountain View,’ and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube,” said Aghdam’s brother, who did not want to be identified.
So he called the police to say “she went all the way from San Diego, so she might do something.”
Reports are coming in that police questioned the YouTube Shooter prior to the shooting. The shooter’s father even told authorities she was missing for a few days and angry at YouTube. Mountain View Police Department confirms speaking to the shooter.
“Officers located an adult female by the same name asleep in a vehicle in a Mountain View parking lot early this morning,” spokesperson Katie Nelson told BuzzFeed News in an email. “The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions.”
Nelson said officers then notified Aghdam’s family that she had been located.
San Bruno police also said that “at this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”
I know a lot of people want to put the blame on the police, but let’s pump the breaks on that. It’s not like the Parkland shooting where it was one epic failure after another (see Student Blasts Resource Officer Who Cowered During Parkland Shooting and Report: Police Called to Parkland Shooter’s Home 39 Times). At least not yet. We may find out that there’s more. Maybe they didn’t want to profile. California has ridiculous restrictions over what police can and can’t do. I’m sure details will be trickling out throughout the day.
However, if we were to speculate, why would police be okay with a woman sleeping in her car in a Mountain View parking lot? I guess if she wasn’t specifically breaking specific laws, and she doesn’t fit a criminal profile so much, what else were the police supposed to do? We don’t have a Pre-Crime unit where bald people tell Tom Cruise what’s going to happen next.
For now, all we have is police questioning a woman who was reported as missing.