Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Florida school shooting: FBI under pressure over failure to act

Florida school shooting: FBI under pressure over failure to act

Tearful student survivors of Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., were among speakers at an emotionally charged gun control rally Saturday outside a courthouse some 40 kilometres from where 17 people were killed.

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted to having received intelligence and tips from someone who knew the Parkland shooter and warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation a month ago that he is capable of such an attack.

The FBI said it investigated that comment but was unable to trace its origins, closing the inquiry until Cruz surfaced in connection with Wednesday's shooting.

It said that while that information should have been forwarded to the Miami FBI field office, it was not, and no further investigation was conducted.

The FBI said Friday that it received a detailed warning last month that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a danger but that it failed to act.

"The FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable", Scott, a Republican, said in a statement.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also slammed the agency, saying the shooting that killed 17 people was a "tragic consequence" of the FBI's missteps and ordered a review of the Justice Department's processes.

The 19-year-old who was charged with the worst school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre may have snapped after his mother, his last remaining parent, died from the flu in November, according to reports, but all signs pointed to him being an terrible person long before that.

The massacre has raised concerns about potential lapses in school security and stirred the ongoing US debate pitting proponents of tougher restrictions on firearms against advocates for gun rights, which are protected by the US Constitution's Second Amendment.

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"Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it", he said in a statement.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the bureau is "investigating the facts" and is committed to deciphering why protocols were not followed in this instance. He later met with members of the Broward County Sheriff's office and local law enforcement, including Coconut Creek Police Officer Mike Leonard, who said he was the one who apprehended Cruz.

Authorities say Cruz, who was expelled previous year for disciplinary reasons, walked into his former school with an AR-15 and opened fire.

USA senator Marco Rubio also criticised the FBI, saying it was "inexcusable" the bureau did not follow protocols. Cruz, then 18, was listed as an "alleged victim" of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the "alleged perpetrator".

From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears that Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him - and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it.

Sunrise Tactical, the gun store in Coral Springs, Florida, that sold a gun to Nikolas Cruz. Former classmates have described him as a social outcast trouble-maker with a fascination for weaponry. Outside a vigil on Friday, a sign read: "Kids don't need guns".

Meanwhile Thursday, the sponsor of a measure that would allow some concealed-weapons license applications to be approved when background checks have not been completed put her bill on hold after the Parkland atrocity. "No guns under 21".

He ran to the third floor, where according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, three minutes passed before he dropped the rifle and backpack, ran back down the stairs and quickly blended in with panicked, fleeing students.

"He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house", she said in comments that have since been wiped from her Facebook page, the paper reported.

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