CNN reports that the FBI had investigated a school shooting threat made months ago on YouTube by an account that may have belonged to Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of killing 17 people during a shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida high school Wednesday.
"I am going to be a professional school shooter one day," user "Nikolas Cruz" had written. The comment was reported to YouTube and the FBI by a vlogger in September 2017, which prompted an investigation but didn't lead to confirmation of the user's identity, as BuzzFeed News pointed out.
TMZ points out that the same user had commented things like "I am going to do what he did" beneath a video of the 1966 University of Texas clock tower shooting nine months ago:
Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year after he reportedly fought with his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, a student told USA Today, adding that he was abusive to said girlfriend.
Dakota Mutchler, a 17-year-old junior who was close friends with Cruz about a year ago, claimed Cruz had talked about killing animals on his Instagram account and had gotten "a little more weird" following his expulsion.
Daniel Huerfano, another Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, told USA Today that Cruz once posted a photo of himself with a gun in front of his face on that same Instagram account.
“He started going after one of my friends, threatening her, and I cut him off from there,” Mutchler explained. "I think everyone had in their minds if anybody was going to do it, it was going to be him.”
While Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie claims he wasn't aware of any threats made by Cruz, the teen's former math teacher told The Miami Herald that he believed the school's faculty once received an email that Cruz wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack because he had been threatening students.
Cruz and his biological brother, both of whom were adopted, had moved in with a friend's family this past Thanksgiving. Said friend's lawyer told USA Today that their family was aware that Cruz owned an AF-15 rifle, and while the weapon was locked up, he did have the key.
Broward County Mayor Beam Furr said Cruz used to receive treatment at a nearby mental health clinic, but hadn't returned in more than a year.
“It wasn’t like there wasn’t concern for him," Furr explained. "We try to keep our eyes out on those kids who aren’t connected … Most teachers try to steer them toward some kind of connections. … In this case, we didn’t find a way to connect with this kid."