Florida school shooting: Sessions orders 'immediate' review of Federal Bureau of Investigation

Carla Harmon
February 18, 2018

This is something we do all year long, but we'll increase the frequency of the exercises now in light of the Florida shooting. On Friday, about 100 students from South Broward High School walked out of school to protest gun violence, carrying signs that said "Do Something" and "Protect our Kids, Not Your Guns".

The suspected attacker has been taken into custody.

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.

On Wednesday, Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Three people are hospitalized at Broward Health North, two in fair condition and one in critical.

Cruz has confessed to police to being the gunman, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He eventually fled the scene.

The outpouring of grief was reflected in a multitude of prayer services and vigils on Friday - a total of six at various places of worship in and around Parkland. As the rally was being held, Florida Gun Shows was holding the first of a two-day expo at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition. With more than 1,000 mourners including Scott packed into Temple K'ol Tikvah, Andrew Pollack looked down at the plain pine coffin of his daughter and yelled, "You killed my kid!" referring to Cruz.

After Cruz allegedly killed 17 people, details started to emerge about his dark background.

Cruz jumped out of an Uber auto and walked toward building 12 of the school, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack. Their names have not been released. It was the nation's deadliest school attack in five years. But after a fire alarm went off, the class immediately began evacuating - straight into the path of alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz. He said he would shoot people with his AR-15 and singled out police and anti-fascist protesters as deserving of his vengeance.

Cruz, a volatile youth who became an orphan when his mother died in November, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said school districts across the state have asked for more money to deal with mental health. They even pointed out his disturbing social media posts, yet no one investigated the claim.

"We constantly promote 'see something, say something, ' " Scott said in a statement.

'I just ran': What have students said?

In one video, people are screaming "Oh my God!" as gunshots rang out.

"I saw some bodies". Did his parents or other family try to get him help for his mental illness?

In the meantime, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to step down.

We also now know that local law enforcement was called to Cruz's home some 39 times in the past seven years!

US President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

Trump says making schools safer will be a main issue during upcoming meetings with governors and attorneys general.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy spoke in front of the Senate shortly after the shooting, saying Congress is "responsible for the level of mass atrocity that happens to this country with zero parallel anywhere else". It was taken seriously, but the school was not believed to be in any danger. She also called out lawmakers for failing to pass gun reform.

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