FBI Says It Failed to Pursue Warning on Florida School Shooter

Nikolas Cruz is suspected of killing more than a dozen people at his former Florida high school

"That is probably the most valuable thing we can do to stop these kind of cases", Sessions said during an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News' "Sunday Futures."

"Our office will announce our formal position at the appropriate time", Satz said.

On Friday, Trump and first lady Melania visited survivors, victims and medical staff who have treated the injured.

A mourner leaves a candle on a makeshift memorial for the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 15, 2018. "They had it locked up, and believed that that was going to be sufficient, that there wasn't going to be a problem". "We can't vote, but you can, so make it count", he wrote.

"It's illogical that the law says a minor can't have a drink, but can buy a gun", said Mavy Rubiano, the 47-year-old mother of a student who survived the shooting.

As the victims' loved ones mourn, more signs are emerging that authorities missed opportunities to intervene weeks before the massacre. A person who was close to Nikolas Cruz called the FBI's tip line on 5 January and provided information about Cruz's weapons and his erratic behaviour, including his disturbing social media posts.

The FBI has also separately been criticized by some Republicans over its investigation of allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, heaping further scrutiny on the agency led by Wray since President Donald Trump fired James Comey a year ago. Rather, it's a disturbing reminder of the cards we've been dealt by feckless lawmakers who have failed to take any action whatsoever to prevent or even mitigate mass shootings.

"We have determined that these protocols were not followed." the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Authorities said that Cruz attacked the school with a semiautomatic AR-15-style rifle that he bought legally.

The failure to follow up on what may have been a crucial tip on Cruz prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call on FBI Director Wray to resign, saying that "acknowledging a mistake isn't going to cut it".

"We have spoken with victims and families and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy", Wray said in the statement.

Cruz's apparent digital footprint includes slurs against blacks and Muslims, and declarations of a desire to shoot people.

In 2015, a breakdown in the FBI's background-check system helped a white supremacist purchase a weapon and kill nine people at a historically black church in SC.

"I heard the shot that killed him".

"I don't have a whole lot of money but I can give this", she said.

"Enjoy an enormous array of firearms, ammunition, shooting supplies, knives, and so much more!" the Florida Gun Show organizers boast in a promotional video posted on their Facebook page.

Another photo is taken from behind a gun sight looking out the window.

One former schoolmate, Chad Williams, said Mr Cruz was an "outcast" who was "crazy about guns". He clearly knew nothing about his guns.

"If we had leaders who were not accepting blood money from the NRA and weren't beholden to the NRA then maybe we'd have an opportunity to address this and fix this", he said.

The family was unaware of any mental illness beyond depression over his adoptive mother's death, Lewis said.

"There were problems with him a year ago threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus", he said.

Cruz has confessed to the shooting, according to an arrest affidavit reported by the New York Times and others.

The police chief in charge of the investigation in Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, has called for more powers to detain people for psychiatric evaluation over violent and threatening social media posts.

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