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School shooter was on authorities' radar

Melinda Barton | 22 February, 2018, 05:59

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday admitted failure in locating the Florida school shooting accused, who killed 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, when it was warned about him.

The rally in downtown Fort Lauderdale gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "I don't remember if I said that to Jaime yesterday morning".

Prosecutors would need to agree not to ask for capital punishment and allow life without parole instead.

The public defender's office could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment. He is being held without bond following a video hearing Thursday in a Broward County court. Bernard said the walkout here next month is still in the initial planning stages-it could feature one or a handful of speakers or simply be a 17-minute moment of silence at the high school's flagpole. Gard said the administrator provided no explanation.

The Trumps visited hospitalized victims Friday. "There is also a role for the public to play".

"Politicians who sit in their gilded house and senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this - we call BS", Gonzalez said.

One of the deadliest mass school shootings in the USA history, and already the 18th this year, reinflamed the festering debate about gun control, a particularly divisive and partisan issue on the Capitol Hill. He said the spike is a natural reaction.

Trump marveled at the speed with which first responders got victims to the hospital - but ignored shouted questions about whether guns should be more tightly regulated.

The FBI has acknowledged receiving two tips that appear to relate to Cruz ahead of the shooting.

A person close to the accused called the FBI's public tipline and informed the agency about his gun ownership and a possible desire to kill.

"The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time", the statement said.

The FBI's acknowledgment that it mishandled the tip prompted a sharp rebuke from its boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a call from Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump ally, for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign.

"We truly regret any additional pain this has caused", Lasky said.

But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate. "But a lot of us are just other students who figured there's strength in numbers". He said the investigation into Cruz's digital footprint continues as electronic devices were uncovered during search warrants.

Since then, pupils have taken to social media, TV and the streets demanding a response from the authorities.

In a private Instagram group chat, Cruz talked about killing Mexicans, keeping black people in chains and cutting their necks.

The walkout is created to honor the people murdered in Parkland and declare that students and staff shouldn't have to worry about being shot or killed on campus, she said.

"I pray one day he will be going back to Stoneman Douglas", Israel said. He picked it up on February 18, following a background check, an attorney for the gun store owner said in a statement. For many, that lifestyles includes going to gun shows.

"It's kind of a national problem at this point", said Tallahassee High School student Jackson Barber.

The family knew he had a gun.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Congress should focus on whether existing laws - including those created to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns - are working.

But the nature of the emergencies at his Parkland home included "mentally ill person", "child/elderly abuse", "domestic disturbance" and "missing person", KTLA reported.

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