The FBI publicly acknowledged it “did not follow” protocol after receiving a tip last month that Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz was acting suspicious and could be planning a “school shooting” in the coming weeks.
According to Fox News, the bureau received a tip just weeks ago that Cruz wanted to “kill people” and may be in the final phases of “conducting a school shooting.”
“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly,” he added.
The admission comes just hours after the Broward County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they responded to 39 incidents at Cruz’s home since 2010; raising serious questions over whether law enforcement missed key red flags that could have prevented the massacre.
FLORIDA MASSACRE: Here’s what We Know About SUSPECT Nikolas Cruz
Less than 24-hours after a lone gunman opened fire at a local high school in south Florida, new details are slowly emerging about the suspect behind the mass shooting; revealing a “deeply disturbing” social media profile and red-flags that were likely missed by authorities.
Investigators believe 19-year old Nikolas Cruz is the lone gunman who shot and killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; injuring many more as he opened fire on the students.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Cruz was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and multiple magazines. He was also carrying a gas mask and dozens of smoke grenades.
Cruz intentionally set off the school’s fire alarm system during the assault so “the kids would come pouring out of the classrooms into the hall.”
New details emerging in the hours after the attack show authorities likely missed multiple red flags.
Cruz was expelled from Stoneman High School for multiple “disciplinary infractions,” and posted videos of himself threatening “mass shootings” on YouTube.
Buzzfeed is reporting that the FBI was informed of Cruz’s disturbing social media posts in recent months after a YouTuber user reported a video where the suspect stated “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” the 36-year old user told Buzzfeed. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”
LATE NIGHT LECTURE: Jimmy Kimmel MOCKS ‘MENTALLY ILL’ Trump After Florida Shooting
Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel took his war against President Trump to a new level Thursday night, slamming the Commander-in-Chief as “mentally ill” following the devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The liberal comic viciously attacked the President while commenting on the tragedy that took place earlier this week, when seventeen individuals lost their lives after a 19-year old former student opened fire at a local high school.
“You’ve literally done nothing,” said Kimmel. “Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing. You like to say this is a mental health issue. One of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.”
“You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness issue, because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill,” he added.
Watch Kimmel’s vicious comments above.