Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

'Only one to blame is the killer': Sheriff on Florida school shooting

'Only one to blame is the killer': Sheriff on Florida school shooting

He said it's now clear that the nation's premier law enforcement agency missed warning signs.

The recently appointed national Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray says no one passed that tip onto the Miami field office even though its own protocols say Cruz "should have been assessed as a potential threat to life".

In a statement issued Friday, the agency acknowledged that the tip should have been shared with the FBI's Miami office and investigated, but it was not.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, called for congressional investigations of the FBI's failure. "We see the tragic consequences of those failures", Sessions said in a statement.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said that they are "still investigating the facts".

There were 20 calls for service over the past "few years" pertaining to Cruz, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

"Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it", he said in a statement.

"We can not have one more family, one more student, one more life taken because of a failure to hear and enact comprehensive firearm safety legislature in Florida", said organisers on Facebook of the rally to be held at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

Accused school-massacre gunman Nikolas Cruz is looking to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life without parole, his state-appointed defense attorney said Friday. "We were exhausted of hearing what people should do, or what people could do - we just wanted to do something", a message on the inside cover of the book says.

Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The FBI, which has been a frequent target of criticism from the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers, now faces additional scrutiny after admitting Friday that it botched a tip that could have averted Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla.

He said that an apology would never give families "the answers they desperately need" and said that Mr Wray had to resign.

According to news reports in The Post and other outlets, Cruz, 19, had been repeatedly suspended and then expelled from the high school for disciplinary problems.

The young man's father, Roger P. Cruz, purchased the home in 1996 and the family lived there until they sold the home in early 2017, county property records show. He described one incident in which he said Cruz "cornered a squirrel and was trying to throw rocks at it and kill it".

One of the most wrenching sights of this week's school shooting - and that phrase alone, "this week's school shooting", is astounding - is the scene of American students once again running out of their school with their arms and hands in the air.

As evidence, they've cited the former deputy director's connection to Clinton allies, and they've publicized anti-Trump text messages exchanged between an FBI agent and a bureau lawyer. A person, with his name, had commented on a video which read "I'm going to be a professional school shooter".

Will this time be any different than the short-lived movements that followed shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando or a country music concert in Las Vegas?

The nation's gun-buying background check system is supposed to keep firearms out of reach for unsafe individuals.

Some relatives and friends of shooting victims blamed Florida's lenient gun laws, which allow an 18-year-old to buy an assault rifle.

At funerals and in the streets of Parkland, a suburb on the edge of the Everglades, anger bubbled over at the senselessness of the shooting and at the widespread availability of guns.

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