Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned about Florida gunman

Feb 16, 2018, 04:55
Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned about Florida gunman

The FBI likely didn't follow up with YouTube previous year to determine the identity and location of a person who posted that "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" under a vlogger's video.

An account with the name "nikolas cruz" posted the comment on Ben Bennight's account on September 24, 2017, Bennight said in a video posted Wednesday.

"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", Robert Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI Miami Division, said at a news conference, according to ABC News.

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The FBI received a warning about about suspected killer in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

"I would like to think that they were already investigating this guy and they had him on the top of their radar and that's how they ended up contacting me so quickly", Bennight said.

The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly gunned down students and staff with a rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland shortly before 3 p.m. after activating a fire alarm, sending people outside unaware of what was to come, officials said. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment", Lasky said. The comment was made by a YouTube user by the name of Nikolas Cruz. Bennight told the agents he didn't know anything about the user, he told CNN.

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He said the same agent/agents he spoke with past year came to his home Wednesday.

3 On Your Side uncovers a freaky twist to the Florida High School shooting. In another mass shooting in Florida, the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, which left 49 people dead, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had interviewed the suspected shooter three times before determining in 2014 that he posed no threat.

The FBI was not commenting on Thursday morning, CBS News' Andy Triay reports.

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Bennight continued: "I can't fathom what goes through somebody's mind when they decide to pick up a weapon of any kind and take another person's life just because".

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