Florida officials found the alleged shooter who killed 17 people and injured 14 others at a Florida high school last week to be a low-level risk after a 2016 probe into his home life, according to The Washington Post.
The Florida Department of Children and Families report, obtained by The Post, concluded in a 2016 probe that Nikolas Cruz’s “final level of risk is low,” but found the teenager had behavior difficulties and had planned to purchase a firearm.
The probe wrapped up in 2016, just months Cruz would by an AR-15 assault-style rifle, which he allegedly use to carry out Wednesday’s shooting at his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The FBI is facing intense scrutiny for its handling of red flags regarding Cruz.
A person close to Cruz called the FBI’s public tipline in January and raised concerns about a possible school shooting, citing his gun ownership and desire to kill.
However, the FBI never reported the tip to its Miami field office or investigated the claim.
Lawmakers have since called for an investigation of the FBI since it was first reported that they were tipped off about the Cruz posing a possible threat.
President Trump ripped the FBI in a tweet on Saturday, suggesting the bureau could have stopped Cruz if it spent less time working on the Russia probe.
Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018