Florida (United States), Feb 17: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday admitted failure in locating the Florida school shooting accused, who killed 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, when it was warned about him. The investigation agency said that it failed to act on the warning that the accused possessed a gun, have a desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting.
The 19-year-old accused, who had been expelled from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for disciplinary reason, had in 2017 left warning signs on social media. A person, with his name, had commented on a video which read ‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter’. The person on whose video the accused, Nikolas Cruz, had commented passed it on to the FBI, according to a video he posted online on Wednesday. (Also Read: Expelled Student Opens Fire in Florida School, Kills 17)
“The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky, in a statement said. He added, “No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time location or the true identity of the person who made the comment.”
Admitting the agency’s failure, Lasky said that the investigators were unable to find the commenter and the comment’s origins. The agency added that the warning should have been forwarded to the FBI’s Miami field office for further investigation, but “we have determined that these protocols were not followed.”
To the failure, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he has ordered an inquiry into the FBI proceedings following the Florida high school shooting, where a 19-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and numerous ammunition cartridges opened fire at the students and teachers.
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
The FBI’s failure to act on the tip has sparked anger in Florida leading to governor Rick Scott calling for the FBI chief to resign over the agency’s blunder. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable. We constantly promote ‘See something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act,” he said.
At least 17 people were killed in another horrifying high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, at the hands of an expelled student. The ex-student, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz – armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, smoke grenades, and multiple magazines – stormed inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School premises and opened fire indiscriminately.
The Florida school shooting in now among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Cruz, who was immediately taken into custody, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.