The FBI had previously been warned that he was making dangerous threats.
US President Donald Trump addressed the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida.
In part, Trump said “Yesterday a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.” We are here for you. Whatever you need, whatever we can do to ease your pain … We are all joined together as one American family and your suffering is our burden also. No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school.”
His full remarks can be seen below:
More details about alleged killer emerge
Nikolas Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and was denied bond.
Early reports from the Associated Press that the suspect was tied to a white nationalist group have been disputed by law enforcement, who say they found no such link.
There are also questions emerging about the FBI, as it has been revealed that they were previously warned about Cruz making social media posts where he indicated his intention to commit a school shooting.
Per the AP, “A Mississippi bail bondsman named Benjamin Bennight says he alerted the FBI last September after someone using the screen name “Nikolas Cruz” posted a comment on his YouTube channel saying: “Im going to be a professional school shooter.” Bennight explains in a video post that he flagged it for YouTube and called an FBI office in Mississippi to report it. He says FBI agents visited him the next day. Agent Rob Lasky says the agency did a database review but couldn’t determine the time, location or true identity of the person making the comment.”
Cruz had reportedly passed a background check in his effort to buy a weapon, and some are criticizing the Republicans for their 2017 repeal of rules that made it more difficult for people with severe mental illnesses to pass FBI background checks and obtain weapons.
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