New records obtained by The Wall Street Journal show that a tipster called in warnings about accused Florida high school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, weeks before he reportedly opened fire at a Parkland high school on February 14, killing 17 people.
“Something is going to happen. Because he’s, he doesn’t have the mental capacity. He can’t, he’s so outraged if someone talks to him about certain things,” a female said to be close to Cruz said during a January 5 call to the FBI. “You know, it’s just so much. I know he’s—he’s going to explode.”
The caller later said she wanted a “clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up.”
She also said that she told local police when Cruz threatened to kill himself, but she wasn’t sure if anyone ever followed up. Further, she explained how the teen cut up birds to “see what was inside.”
“He brought the bird into the house. He threw it on his mother’s kitchen counter and he started cutting it up. He has all kinds of hunting knives. I don’t know what knife he used, though. And he started cutting the bird up, and his mother…said, ‘What’re you doing?’ And he says, ‘I want to see what’s inside.’”
The caller also said Cruz was scheduled to receive a $25,000 insurance policy and she feared he would spend it all on firearms.
The FBI said last week that they did indeed receive the call. Yet, the records weren’t previously made available.
“Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,” the FBI admitted. “The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.”
The Justice Department and the FBI are currently investigating the situation, trying to determine why no one followed up after the call.
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