FBI Admits Failing To Act On Tip About South Fla. School Shooter
- Author: Kyle Peterson Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 0:33
James Snead says before Cruz moved in with them, he had seen him around the house on occasion because he was a friend of the couple's son. Though they don't plan on seeing him again, the Sneads said they crossed paths with Nikolas at the police station after the shooting.
Cruz was twice orphaned - his adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, died of pneumonia November 1, and her husband died of a heart attack years ago, according to those close to the family.
They said they crossed paths with Mr. Cruz at the police station, but they have not had any other contact with him.
She also criticised adults who knew the killer was mentally ill for not doing more to prevent him from owning a gun, with the USA leader having tweeted the day after the massacre that Cruz had not been flagged to the authorities.
The FBI said 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".
On Wednesday, Mr. Cruz, now 19, showed up at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and unleashed more than 100 rounds from a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle he purchased in February 2017, five months after the state investigation closed.
Cruz faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Cruz had been attending another school in Broward County since the expulsion, school officials said.
Thorne said she shook Ryan's hand and introduced herself but added, "You're here celebrating the death of 17 children". He noted that the YouTube user who reported the comment lives in MS and said that investigators saw nothing to link it to Florida.
"We have uncovered at the Broward Sheriff's Office that we've had approximately 20 calls for service over the last few years regarding the killer", Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Gard said he believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn't be allowed on campus with a backpack.
Authorities have not offered any motive, except to say that Cruz had been expelled from the school, which has about 3,000 pupils and serves an affluent suburb on the edge of the Everglades.
"We knew he had troubles and a couple of issues, but I've raised three boys, and I thought we could help", said Snead, a 48-year-old construction consultant.
As investigators tried to establish the motive for Wednesday's shooting rampage, students and neighbours portrayed Cruz as an often unusual and hostile figure who threatened others, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media. "Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms", the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016, the paper reported.