Florida massacre suspect had allegedly commented online, ‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter’

The former student accused of storming a South Florida high school and gunning down 17 people Wednesday had allegedly made a comment on YouTube last year, saying, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” according to the FBI.

“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,” Robert Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI Miami Division, said at a news conference today.

The FBI conducted database reviews but was unable to “identify the person who made the comment,” he added.

Officials now believe the school shooting suspect — 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz — was the source.

PHOTO: Students released from a lockdown embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/AP
Students released from a lockdown embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Meanwhile, students, parents and faculty at the school are struggling to fathom why a former student allegedly opened fire there Wednesday as law enforcement officials searched for clues and the school district denied suggestions that it had been warned.

“Everybody started running up the stairs,” student Kelsey Friend told “Good Morning America” today. “I was being shoved and then I started hearing gunshots.

“I had talked to my teacher and said, ‘I am scared,’ and then we heard gunshots and he unlocked the door and let us in,” she continued, referring to her teacher.

“I had thought he was behind me. … But he wasn’t,” Friend said, crying.

“When he opened the door, he had to re-lock it so we can stay safe. And he didn’t get the chance to,” Friend said, noting that her teacher was lying on the floor.

Besides the 17 killed, more than a dozen others were injured, some critically, after the suspect stormed the school. Smoke from the gunfire set off the fire alarm, according to the superintendent.

PHOTO: Students are released from a lockdown outside of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. after reports of an active shooter, Feb. 14, 2018.John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Polaris
Students are released from a lockdown outside of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. after reports of an active shooter, Feb. 14, 2018.

Cruz — who took an Uber to the school on Valentine’s Day, according to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie — slipped away from the campus by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, police said. He was later apprehended.

Cruz was a former student who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman over disciplinary problems. He had been barred from carrying a backpack on campus before the expulsion, according to law enforcement sources.

The school had “received no warning, no hints, no tips” about the suspected shooter, Runcie told ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.

The suspect had an AR-15-style rifle that had apparently been legally purchased, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

“Copycat” threats have been made at several schools in the wake of the deadly Valentine’s Day shooting, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said today.

“We will respond to every threat. Every threat we receive, we will not classify it as a copycat or prank call,” Israel said at a news conference. “We will respond in full and investigate it.”

But “any call that is made fictitiously, any fake call, any call that is made to take out resources at a time like this and place them in places where we don’t need to be, we will do the full power of the sheriff’s office. We’ll investigate this and charge anyone accordingly with the maximum charge we possibly could for doing something so horrific, so pathetic.”

Article source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/students-parents-desperate-answers-police-investigate-florida-school/story?id=53103817

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