SCHOOL SHOOTING | FBI admits it failed to investicate Cruz complaint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.

The agency said in a statement Friday that the tip should’ve been investigated thoroughly because it was a potential threat to life. Cruz has been arrested and charged with killing 17 people at a high school earlier this week.

On Jan. 5, a tipster who was close to Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz’s guns, desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts. The FBI says the caller expressed concerns Cruz could attack a school.

FBI Director Christopher Wray says the agency deeply regrets the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.

The FBI also had been notified about a comment on a YouTube video posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” last year. It investigated that comment but did not determine who made it.


PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's heading to Florida, where a community is in mourning after a shooting at a high school killed 17 people.

In a morning tweet, Trump said "I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth – but people whose lives have been totally shattered."

He also said he'll be working with Congress "on many fronts."

Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, a volatile 19-year-old who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, opened fire there Wednesday, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others. Cruz was ordered held without bond Thursday.

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