Florida school shooting suspect belonged to white nationalist group

Peter Castro
February 22, 2018

President Trump tweeted late Saturday night his belief that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was too busy investigating his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation to act on a tip about the suspected gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

Kimberly and James Snead said Cruz followed their rules "to a T" and was looking into therapy options just before the shooting.

Speaking overnight on ABC's Good Morning America, James and Kimberly Snead said they've only seen Nikolas Cruz once since the shooting that killed 17 when they briefly saw him at the police station.

The Sneads took in Cruz after his mother, who adopted him, died of pneumonia in November.

The FBI acknowledged it failed to act on a tip-off to its hotline that Nikolas Cruz had a "desire to kill".

When Cruz moved into their home they had to teach him basic needs, including how to cook, use the microwave, do laundry and pick up after himself, the Sneads said.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg spoke out against Trump, claiming that the president is also responsible for the FBI's failure to further investigate tips about the shooter prior to the attack.

None of this was enough to stop him from passing a background check and buying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

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CBS News correspondent John Blackstone asked how many guns Cruz had.

"The FBI were some of the fantastic first responders who were helping us get to safety, and the fact that he wants to discredit them in any way, that he's trying to shift our focus onto them, is.it's not acceptable", she said. He was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for bad behaviour before last week's massacre.

"The system broke down", said Gordon Weekes, one of Broward County's chief assistant public defenders. His mother said that when she confronted her son about it, Mr. Cruz purported not to know what the sign meant, and she said the family had never expressed negative sentiments toward people of other races. Cruz was often withdrawn, and when pressed about why, he would say he was thinking about his mother.

"If he was willing to do that, there's no telling what he would have done to us", said Snead. A group of high schoolers calling themselves Teens for Gun Reform staged a lie-in near the White House. The footage is reportedly from September 2016, according to Law & Crime.

And Snead maintained his feelings have not changed since the high school murders. "And I had control over it", James Snead recounts, adding on one occasion he had told Cruz he wasn't allowed to access the weapons.

However, Broward Public Defender Howard Finklestein said that Cruz would plead guilty and spare the South Florida Community a trial which would force the families to relive the horrifying details of what unfolded.

As investigators tried to establish the motive for Wednesday's shooting rampage, students and neighbours portrayed Cruz as an often unusual and hostile figure who threatened others, talked about killing animals, and posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media.

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