Revelations that good Samaritans warned the FBI about mass shooter Nikolaus Cruz months in advance fit a disturbing pattern in which the failure to follow standard operating procedures unwittingly enabled a deranged killer.
First, the FBI received a warning about Cruz after he posted a disturbing comment on YouTube saying that he aspired to become a “professional school shooter.”
On January 5, 2018, a person close to Cruz contacted the FBI’s tip line to report their concerns. The caller told agents about the accused shooter’s access to firearms, self-professed desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disconcerting social media posts. They revealed their anxieties about the potential of Cruz carrying out a school shooting.
In a damning press release from the FBI’s National Press Office, the Bureau concedes that agents ignored protocols after receiving the January 5 call.
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