Published: Sat, February 17, 2018

How the Florida school shooting unfolded


The FBI has announced a review of its handling of a warning about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, who is accused of killing 17 people at his former high school.

In September, a MS man reported a comment that a YouTube user named "nikolas cruz" had left on a video. That comment troubled the person whose video Cruz commented on, MS bail bondsman Ben Bennight, who passed it on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a video he posted online late Wednesday.

The FBI said it had investigated the comment but had been unable to full identity the person who posted it.

He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. It stirred the long-simmering U.S. debate on the right to bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump, who did not speak publicly immediately after the shooting, weighed in on Twitter early Thursday, calling the suspect "mentally disturbed" and stressing that it was important to "report such instances to authorities, again and again!" "We must actually make that difference".

"My son and granddaughter still reside in Broward County".

Despite this, America has failed to address issues of gun control or enact reforms to legalisation that would likely prevent shooting rampages.

"It's appalling", Rep. Mike Thompson told reporters.

"I heard the shot that killed him".

"What we really need is action ..."

He closed saying, saying, "I for one am very, very, very, very exhausted of this..." and showed a series of clips of politicians dodging the gun control issue with the popular "Now is not the time", mantra.


Fifteen people were injured in Wednesday's shooting, according to local hospital officials.

One student said Cruz had been abusive to his ex-girlfriend and that his expulsion was over a fight with her new boyfriend.

His attorney, Melisa McNeill, said he was fully aware of what's going on but was just a "broken human being". "He's sad, he's mournful, he's remorseful".

Fellow students knew he posted violent messages online, and on Thursday the Anti-Defamation League reported he was a member of a white supremacist group and had taken part in military-style training exercises.

But many have given up hope of meaningful reform in a majority-led Republican Congress where Obama failed to enact gun curbs amid partisan rancour. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan said the Florida shooting should not threaten the rights of US citizens to possess firearms. "BE prepared bitch!" the note, released by police, reads.

The document noted that Cruz took an Uber to the school and carried extra loaded ammunition clips.

Cruz was ordered held without bond at a brief court hearing. According to the family's lawyer, who did not identify them, they knew that Cruz owned the AR-15 but made him keep it locked up in a cabinet.

Unhappy there, Nikolas Cruz asked to move in with a friend's family in northwest Broward County.

Victims included an assistant football coach who sheltered students, a social science teacher and multiple students.

Time later revised its report to say there had been several school shootings so far in 2018.

Hunter Vukelich, a former manager at a Dollar Tree store where Cruz worked while he pursued a GED, said he saw nothing alarming about the young man, who would ride his bike back and forth to the job.

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