Store worker says YouTube shooter gun buy did not stand out

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Store worker says YouTube shooter gun buy did not stand out
This Aug. 12, 2009, photo shows Nasim Aghdam, right, as she joins members of People for the Ethical for Animals, PETA, protesting at the main gate of Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif., against the Marine's killings of pigs in a military exercise. Law enforcement officials have identified Nasim Aghdam as the person who opened fire with a handgun Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., wounding several people before fatally shooting herself. (Charlie Neuman/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An employee at a San Diego gun store where a woman bought the pistol used to shoot three people at YouTube headquarters said there was nothing remarkable about the transaction, a newspaper reports.

Manny Mendoza, rangemaster at The Gun Range, told the Bay Area News Group that the woman now widely known for posting bizarre videos on exercise and veganism was not memorable.

“It’s not like she stood out,” he said. “I wish we could look into someone’s soul.”

Nasim Aghdam, an Iranian native in her late 30s, walked through a parking garage into a courtyard at the YouTube campus Tuesday and opened fire, police said. She wounded three people before killing herself.

Authorities and family members say she was angry about the policies and practices of the company.

Aghdam was prolific at producing videos and posting them online. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.

San Bruno Police Commander Geoff Caldwell said Aghdam legally bought the 9mm handgun Jan. 16, and it was registered in her name. She was found with two magazines and the pistol.

The news group reports that the gun store advertised a “12 Guns of Christmas” sale in October for the model purchased by Aghdam. The pistols retailed for .99.

“It’s as tragic as can be,” Mendoza said.