FBI Were Warned About Florida High School Shooter Months Before Tragedy

FBI Were Warned About Florida High School Shooter Months Before Tragedy

The FBI on Thursday confirmed at the scene of a deadly school shooting that it received information about a YouTube comment previous year that threatened similar violence, but the bureau was unable to identify the person who made it.

MS resident Ben Bennight says on September 24, 2017, someone with the same name as the suspected school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, posted an alarming comment on Bennight's YouTube channel.

Bennight said he received a voicemail from FBI Special Agent Ryan Furr at the Miami field office at around 4:30PM on Wednesday, half an hour after the shooting incident began.

"No other information was included with that comment, which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment".

Bennight said he also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed the comment from the video. "I think they took him as serious as they could for a vague comment on a YouTube channel", said Bennight.

At least 17 people were left dead following a tragic high-school shooting in Parkland, Florida Wednesday.

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The FBI Thursday said it investigated but wasn't able to confirm the person who posted the comment was indeed the shooter.

Robert Lasky, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Division, confirmed Thursday that the FBI received information a year ago about a YouTube comment.

"The next day, two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were standing in my office taking down the information, taking copies of the screenshot and asking me questions that of course, I couldn't answer", said Bennight in the video. Bennight told the agents he didn't know anything about the user, he told CNN.

How and why that comment ended up on Bennight's Youtube page on September 25, 2017, is still a mystery to the bondsman.

"I don't know if they ever track down the original user and went and interviewed him".

KTVU reached out to YouTube regarding a Nikolas Cruz account which appeared to be active until Wednesday but was closed because of violent content that violated company policy.

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