School massacre: Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't follow tip on shooter

Nikolas Cruz

The public defender's office could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.

"It comes down to one simple question: Does he live or does he die?" Cruz is charged with killing 17 people in the school he once attended.

The next court date is set for Monday morning, during which a judge will hear a defense motion unrelated to the possible plea.

Most of the fatalities were inside the building, though some victims were found fatally shot outside, the sheriff said. The anger comes as more signs emerged that authorities missed chances to intervene weeks beforehand.

"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. "All of the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it". The comment posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter".

A person close to Cruz called the FBI's tip line on January 5 and provided information about Cruz's weapons and his erratic behavior, including his disturbing social media posts.

The FBI's announcement came as families prepared to bury their children. His AR-15 had been purchased legally in the state. "Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools!"

Eighteen-year-old Meadow Pollack was next, with both she and Alyssa Alhadeff to be buried in the Garden of Aaron at the Star of David Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.

More funerals were scheduled for Saturday. After a member told him not to say things like that, he said he was just playing. "She was supposed to be safe". "Now I'm a high school senior who is anxious about which memorials I need to place flowers at".

"What is unfathomable is that Jaime took a bullet and is dead", he paused, shaking his head. "I don't know if it's the truth, ' but that way, we can work on it". He told reporters he also met with some of the victims who are still hospitalized.

On Thursday, the Broward County sheriff handling the Florida school shooting case said, "Don't debate calling".

We're children, you guys are the adults.

Correction: February 15, 2018 12:00 am - A previous version of this story misquoted Broward County Mayor Beam Furr as saying there are 21 cities in the county. The President heralded the efforts of the hospital staff and first responders to save lives.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker is reacting to the school shooting and what needs to be done in Wisconsin to prevent school shootings like the one in Parkland.

A total of 18 schools in Florida received NRA donations in 2016, more than any other state.

CNN also reports the mass murderer, who has admitted to killing the 17 people, claimed he hated black people because they were black and Jewish people because they "wanted to destroy the world". Other posts include a photo of a rifle, a collection of firearms on a bed, and a photo taken through a scope looking out a window.

Jim Gard, Cruz's former teacher, recalled hearing how Cruz was unable to wear a backpack on campus and threatened other students.

Howard Finkelstein said Cruz would plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table and allowing for life in prison without parole.

Israel promised a more detailed timeline of events later Thursday, but authorities said Cruz began the attack outdoors toward the end of the school day, just as the school's some 3,200 students were leaving their classrooms.

That family knew he had a gun, Lewis said.



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