The F.B.I. failed to act on a tip in January from a person close to Nikolas Cruz warning that he owned a gun and might conduct a school shooting, the bureau acknowledged on Friday, in its first admission that it might have been able to prevent the deadly attack at a Florida high school.
The tipster said Mr. Cruz had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts” and advised the F.B.I. of “the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the agency said in a statement.
The information should have been assessed and forwarded to the Miami F.B.I. field office, the agency said.
“We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received,” the agency said. “The information was not provided to the F.B.I. Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”
The tip appears to have been the second time the F.B.I. was alerted about Mr. Cruz. A bail bondsman in Mississippi told the agency last September about a worrying comment left on his YouTube channel from a “nikolas cruz” saying “Im going to be a professional school shooter.”
Agents from the F.B.I. Jackson, Miss., field office looked into the comment but could not identify who had posted it from database and open-source searches, the F.B.I. said. The F.B.I. was also reviewing what happened after the agents received the information.
Source: NY Times