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FBI Was Warned About Alleged Florida High School Shooter 5 Months Ago


While questions remain about why the accused 19-year-old Florida teenager may have opened fire at his former high school, it appears there were warning signs including online.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) continued its investigation into the fatal shooting attack at a Parkland, Florida, high school on 14 February 2018, a YouTube user from MS revealed that he had an online brush with someone with the same name as the suspected gunman.

The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger. No other information was included in the comment which would indicate a particular time, location, or the true identity of the person who posted the comment.

The FBI said it had investigated the YouTube comment but had been unable to fully identify the person who posted it.

"I wish the information could have prevented this from happening but it was a generic comment and people say things, keyboard commandos type things all the time that they don't mean".




YouTuber Ben Bennight contacted the authorities after a user by the name of Nikolas Cruz left a comment on his account saying "I'm going to be a professional school shooter". They contacted him immediately, according to CNN. The comment on YouTube has since been pulled down.

In May 2017, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security officials reportedly said in an intelligence bulletin that white supremacist groups "likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year". The FBI confirmed that they interviewed the tipster.

The FBI was not commenting on Thursday morning, CBS News' Andy Triay reports. "I didn't", Bennight told BuzzFeed.

On Wednesday afternoon, after Cruz was arrested, Bennight got a call from an agent in the FBI's Miami field office, who wanted to follow up on the September incident, he said. They wanted to know if he knew anything more after first reporting the YouTube video past year.

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