Andrea Mitchell is reporting that the FBI knew of a January 5th tip to an FBI public hotline regarding the Parkland shooter. The information reportedly did not make it to the Miami field office. Obviously, that lack of follow-up cost seventeen human lives. This is in addition to a call to the FBI made by Mr. Bennight.
Additionally, Buzzfeed reports that authorities were dispatched to the shooter’s home more than 35 times.
On Sept. 28, 2016, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida responded to a 911 call about an 18-year-old who had been fighting with his mom.
Nikolas Cruz and his mother, Lynda, had been fighting over paperwork needed for the high school student to get an ID card, the officer’s report states. It goes on to detail how the teen had been harming himself and had talked about buying a gun.
He suffers from mental illness, the deputy noted, and a therapist and an investigator from the Department of Children and Families were also on the scene.
“He has been cutting his arms, his mother said, to get attention, as he learned it from an ex-girlfriend,” the report says. “He has mentioned in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm.”
However, Jared Bienenfeld, a therapist with Henderson Mental Health, “deemed Nikolas to be no threat to anyone or himself at this present time,” according to the report.
The deputy and the investigator “saw no signs of mental illness or criminal activity and left without incident,” the report concludes.
From 2010 until November 2016, Broward County sheriff’s deputies responded to at least 36 emergency 911 calls from a pleasant-looking, tree-lined suburban home on 80th Terrace, the street in Parkland where Cruz lived with his younger brother, Zachary, and mother, who died last November at the age of 68.
Someone really dropped the ball in concluding that the Parkland shooter didn’t have mental issues. The bottom line is that there was more than one chance at preventing this atrocity, and our public officials cocked it all up.