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FBI updates lawmakers on its failure to respond on tips about Parkland shooter

FBI updates lawmakers on its failure to respond on tips about Parkland shooter. (WPEC)

As family members take the first steps to sue, the FBI is fessing up to failures and missed warning signs that may have prevented the Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy.

Acting Deputy FBI Director David Bowdich briefed lawmakers in Washington Tuesday about two important tips missed ahead of the massacre. First, when Nikolas Cruz wanted to be a school shooter in a YouTube post last September.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, told CNN “a lead was given to the FBI, and they just botched it.”

Then, a 13-minute detailed call in January when someone called a Bureau tip line to warn of Cruz’s gun ownership, his desire to kill and his erratic behavior on social media.

It’s around the time Cruz was living in a mobile home park in Lantana with Roxanne Deschamps, a friend of his mother, who took him in after she suddenly died in 2017.

Two days after the shooting, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued an apology, saying the agency deeply regretted mishandling the call and was reviewing its processes for responding to information from the public.


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