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Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned of alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz months ago

Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned of alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz months ago

The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly gunned down students and staff with a rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland shortly before 3 p.m. after activating a fire alarm, sending people outside unaware of what was to come, officials said.

The FBI received a tip in 2017 after a YouTube user with the Florida school shooter's name left a comment on a video that said, "Im going to be a professional school shooter".

It hasn't been confirmed if the YouTube comment was made from Nikolas. An FBI official said no other information on that comment indicated a time, location or true identity of the commenter.

"I just thought it was a keyboard commando typing out a inflammatory message", said Bail Bondsman Ben Bennight.

Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from MS, noticed in September an alarming comment on a video he'd posted. They contacted him immediately, according to CNN. It also outlines a procedure by which law enforcement authorities can obtain the information.

School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was taken to the Broward County Jail on Thursday morning
School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was taken to the Broward County Jail on Thursday morning

Florida law enforcement announced Thursday they've started looking into the suspected school shooter's social media accounts and websites. But it's likely the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not avail itself of the opportunity, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation thought enough of the tip that it sent agents to interview the vlogger, a MS bail bondsperson named Ben Bennight, in September, and then contacted him within hours of Wednesday's shooting. "I didn't", Bennight told BuzzFeed.

He said the same agent/agents he spoke with previous year came to his home Wednesday. Two FBI agents visited Bennight the next morning.

According to Bennight, agents from the FBI's field office in MS contacted him and came to his office to conduct an in-person interview the next morning.

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. "I didn't. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them".

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