FBI Says It Didn't Act On Tip About Parkland Shooter

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2018

The leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and had participated in exercises in Tallahassee.

Jereb told the ADL that Cruz had carpooled "with other ROF members from south Florida" to participate in the training exercises.

As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the USA military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corp program at the school, according to Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High.

Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat they could not find any information linking Cruz to ROF.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that it was too soon to debate whether tighter gun laws could have stopped it.

Cruz posed with guns and knives in photos posted on Instagram and made a chilling online comment about a mass shooting carried out in NY this summer. In December a white supremacist killed two students in New Mexico before shooting himself. The group is only a few years old.

A spokeswoman told The Independent: "In September 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received information about a comment made on a YouTube channel".

The FBI investigated the comment, which said "Im going to be a professional school shooter", but did not determine who made it. "Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!"

The FBI received a tip on January 5 that Cruz, 19, owned a weapon and had made a series of violent social media posts but it failed to pass the information on to its Miami field office. "'See something, say something" is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. On Wednesday, a gunman stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began firing seemingly indiscriminately, killing and wounding dozens. One former schoolmate has reportedly said he had been found with bullets in his backpack. Cruz's mother had died a year ago.

President Trump has sought to link the crime to mental illness, citing "bad and erratic behavior" for his assertion that there were "so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed". His lawyer called him a "broken human being" and Executive Chief Public Defender Gordon Weeks said he was under a suicide watch. "He's sad, he's mournful, he's remorseful".

The report from the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Cruz told investigators that he shot students in the hallways and on the grounds of the school, which has 3,000 students.

"I want to just show people that we're not going to pretend that it isn't happening".

"Nothing that would lead you to believe this young man, Nick, was about to do such a awful thing", the family attorney said. "People used to boast about how this was the safest town in Florida", the 14-year-old said.

Officials were also investigating whether authorities missed other warning signs about Cruz' potentially violent nature.

While these parents grapple with the incomprehensible reality of having to bury their own children, they scolded those who don't see the mass murder committed by former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, as a gun-related issue.

While semi-automatic AR-15-style rifles make up a tiny percentage of the overall violence, they are disproportionately represented in cases of mass shootings with multiple victims.

He did not answer shouted questions about guns as he left the room.

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