FBI botched protocol that could've stopped Florida school shooting

The FBI received a tip about Nikolas Cruz in early January.

The FBI revealed Friday morning that the school shooting in Parkland, Florida could've been prevented. 

In a statement to the public, the FBI says its received a tip on Jan. 5, 2018 reporting Nikolas Cruz's gun ownership and desire to kill people, in addition to the "potential of him conducting a school shooting." 

The tip came from an unnamed person close to Cruz and under normal protocol the information, which the bureau was deemed as a "potential threat to life," would've been relayed to the FBI Miami Field Office for investigation, but it wasn't, proving to be a fatal bureau error. 

“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in the statement.


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Wray added that the FBI has informed victims and families of the mistake, and how they “deeply regret the additional pain this causes." 

Cruz has confessed to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a horrible tragedy that left 17 dead. 

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