YouTube Shooting: Another Case of Workplace Violence

YouTube shooting is more workplace violence

A 39-year-old YouTube creator became frustrated over recent changes by the service. That anger resulted in Tuesday’s YouTube shooting.

The Details

ABCNews.go.com reports that Nasim Najafi Aghdam was a content creator on YouTube. She made money from the videos she posted there. Recently, the video service changed its filters and the number of Aghdam’s viewers dropped.

Aghdam grew angry and blamed YouTube for censoring her content and not paying her for her videos. Rather than take the changes in stride, though, left San Diego, driving north to Mountain View, California, the home of YouTube.

Sometime during the morning of Tuesday April 3 Aghdam visited a gun range and then left for the video channel’s headquarters. She parked behind another business and accessed the YouTube building through the parking garage. That’s when she opened fire, wounding four people.

Aghdam then shot and killed herself.

Police Talked with Her Before the YouTube Shooting

Ironically, police talked with Aghdam just eleven hours before the shooting. CNN reports that Mountain View police found her sleeping in her car around 1:40am early Tuesday morning. She was parked about 30 miles from the YouTube headquarters.

Police discovered she had been reported missing by her family after they ran her license plate. While checking up on her, they found Aghdam to be “calm and cooperative.”

The Bottom Line

The YouTube shooting is another example of workplace violence. This one just happened to be a higher profile target. But it proves the point yet again that businesses need to conduct security audits and improve those areas that are vulnerable.

We live in an angry world and it doesn’t look like these types of events will end anytime soon.

If you want to take steps to protect your employees and your business, call American Security Force today at 855-722-8585. We can develop a detailed security plan that addresses your needs.

Active Shooter Training

active shooter training helps businesses be ready

Shooting incidents are becoming more and more common in today’s world. In this present environment, it seems more prudent to say we should prepare for “when” this type of event will occur, rather than “if” it will. In response to the ever-increasing violence, some businesses and organizations are looking into active shooter training to help them be ready.

A Violent World

Are you wondering if this type of training is really necessary for your company? Consider the following shooting incidents. They resulted in seven deaths, all within just 42 days of each other. No part of the country is immune to this growing trend in violence, either. Except for two, these events occurred in different parts of the country.

Active Shooter Training

In an attempt to keep their employees and customers safe, many businesses are engaging in this type of exercise so their employees will understand what to do in the event of an active shooter.

Fox News recently covered this type of training as it happened. A beverage distribution company located in Mechanicsburg, New York worked with the Saratoga County Sheriffs Department to arrange the exercise.

The local SWAT team told Fox News that in the past, they only received one to two training requests per month. Recently, however, that number has jumped to 10 to 15. It’s not just businesses that want trained, either. Schools are scheduling the sessions, as well.

The drill involves a police office acting as a shooter. He enters the business with a cap gun and “shoots” anyone he sees. Of course, employees play along, pretending to be dead.

When shots are first heard the staff inside the building call 911 and the police are sent to the scene. Everything happens in real-time so employees get a sense of what to expect.

As police teams enter the building, also with cap guns, uninjured employees are instructed to flee the premises. The exercise ends when the police subdue the shooter.

The drill not only helps businesses and their teams learn what they should do during an active shooter event but also gives local police the chance to practice their skills as they train others.

The Bottom Line

The United States Justice Department is supporting this type of active shooter training. It has allocated $5.4 million to make sure law enforcement agencies around the country are prepared to offer it to businesses and organizations in their local communities.

Want to learn more about protecting your business from active shooters, call American Security Force at 855-722-8585.

Lawsuit: Mandalay Bay Sued for Improper Security

lawsuit filed against Mandalay Bay for October shooting

More than 100 survivors of the fatal Las Vegas shooting massacre filed a lawsuit this month.  It maintains Mandalay Bay did not have proper security in place. On October 1, 2017, shooter Steven Paddock opened fire on a crowd enjoying a concert outside of the hotel. Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 others injured.

The Lawsuit

According to KGTV’s 10News, the lawsuit is described as massive and is being brought against the hotel and MGM Resorts, its parent company. The suit argues that survivors suffered unnecessarily and claims their injuries could have been avoided.

The reason for that assertion is because the Gaming Commission had already warned Mandalay Bay that it needed to improve its security but the casino and its parent company chose to do nothing about it. The Gaming Commission described the hotel as a soft target for a mass shooting. The survivors’ attorney maintains that the hotel and its owners knew there was a problem and had a responsibility to fix it.

Not The First Suit

This most recent lawsuit against Mandalay Bay is one of more than 20 filed since the shooting. KTLA.com reports that more than 15 suits were brought in October 2017 as victims sought compensation for their injuries. In November 2017, five additional lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 450 victims .

The November suits maintain that the hotel “breached their duty of reasonable care” because they did not notice the large amounts of weapons and ammunition that Paddock brought into his room. It also argues that the Mandalay Bay staff did not respond quickly enough when security guard Jesus Campos was shot. That happened prior to Paddock firing on the crowd.  According to the suit, a more timely response might have avoided the massacre from ever happening.

Many agree that these suits could be in litigation for years.

The Bottom Line

If you have a security concern, call American Security Force today at 855-722-8585. We can help consult on any security issue and provide the right solutions to put your mind at ease.

Terror Shooting in Orlando: The Tragic Events

Terror Attack headline on a newspaperJune 12, 2016 will be remembered with sadness. It’s the day 29-year-old Omar Manteen walked into the Pulse nightclub and opened fire. This American citizen who lived in Florida was heavily armed, and killed 49 fellow Floridians and wounded 53 more, all in the name of terror and ISIS.

June 12, 2016 will also be remembered as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Manteen had visited the Pulse nightclub in the past, most likely checking the gay club out. He was watching ISIS videos in the days and weeks leading up to the shooting. As part of his plan, he intended to target Disney World, as well. He swore allegiance to the terror organization ISIS in a 911 call just before the shooting.

As his victims lay on the floor of the club, Manteen made 16 phone calls and posted to Facebook about his deadly deed. This was a terrorist who had no misgivings about his actions, felt nothing for his victims and carried out his actions with a cold, dispassionate demeanor.

The shooting turned into a hostage situation as 15 people were held in a bathroom. Three hours after the shooting began, Orlando police officers and Orange County sheriff’s deputies moved into the club and entered into a fire fight with Manteen. He was killed in the exchange.

Heroes on the Scene

WESH.com reports that an off-duty police officer was working at the club and engaged Manteen in a shootout. It was not enough to stop him and we’re unsure as to the status of that police officer.

A former marine working as a bouncer played a critical role in saving between 60 and 70 lives that night. CBSNews.com reports that 24-year-old Imran Yousuf is no stranger to the War on Terror. He had served in Afghanistan. On June 12, he was working in the back of the club when the first shots were heard. To get away from the gunman, people began streaming into the back hallway with nowhere to go.

Yousuf knew there was a latched door on the other side of the throng and jumped through the crowd to open the door. “As soon as people found that door was open they kept pouring out,” he told CBS News, “and after that we just ran.”

Terror: The New Normal?

It seems like our American society may have entered into a new era, a time when savage, terror-related shootings happen without warning. If so, we should all mourn our lost sense of security.

After that, we need to begin developing plans to keep ourselves safe from terror.

We can’t say for sure if additional security at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 would have helped. The odds are that more security guards on the premises may have saved some lives.

One thing is for sure, though. If we are to be safe moving forward, we will all need to be on the alert.

Our shared security has now become a shared responsibility.