A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, warned the FBI about him five-and-a-half weeks before he attacked.
In the transcript obtained by The Associated Press, the woman told the federal agency on Jan. 5 that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz had rifles. She said, “I know he is going to explode.”
She went on to say she was concerned Cruz, whom she described as having the “mental capacity of a 12- to 14-year-old,” might “get into a school and just shoot the place up.”
“CBS News has learned five and a half weeks before [Parkland] shooting, a woman called an FBI tip line, concerned Nikolas Cruz would 'get into a school and just shoot the place up.' She said he had a diminished mental capacity, and gave an ominous warning,” @BojorquezCBS reports. pic.twitter.com/1Krua0NmnI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 23, 2018
She also warned the FBI that the disturbed teenager frequently posted photos of weapons on social media with the caption, “I want to kill people.”
“I do believe something's going to happen,” the woman said.
This latest revelation comes amid a series of law enforcement failures regarding the deadly shooting at the Parkland high school in mid-February.
Despite numerous red flags, the FBI admitted just days after the attack that it failed to take the necessary steps that could have thwarted Cruz's plans. “Protocols were not followed,” the bureau confessed.
In addition, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel revealed Thursday that the deputy assigned to protect the school stood outside the facility while the shooting was underway.
Despite his failure to act, Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson reportedly believes he did a “good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description [of Cruz].”
Cruz was charged with killing 17 people two days after he opened fire in the school.