FBI Was Warned About Suspect Nikolas Cruz In September After He Commented 'Going To Be A Professional School Shooter' On A YouTube Video

FBI Was Warned About Suspect Nikolas Cruz In September After He Commented 'Going To Be A Professional School Shooter' On A YouTube Video

The 19-year-old AR-15 owner has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Published February 15, 2018

A Mississippi YouTube vlogger revealed he warned FBI agents about suspected Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz and his troubling plans to become a "school shooter." 

In the comment section of a September YouTube video, blogger Ben Bennight, a bail bondsman in Mississippi who goes by the name Ben the Bondsman, noticed a frightening proclamation by someone named Nikolas Cruz, reported Buzzfeed News. 

  1. Bennight took a screenshot of the comment made by Nikolas Cruz which read, 'I'm going to be a professional school shooter'

    Bennight posted video that details how he flagged the comment and sent the screenshot to the FBI. In September, FBI agents visited Bennight and questioned him about his relationship to Cruz.  

    After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Bennight was contacted again by agents in Mississippi and Miami. 

  2. During a press conference on Thursday, an FBI official addressed the tip the agency received

    At the press conference, special agent Robert Lasky confirmed the agency was given information about the "professional school shooter," yet they could not officially identify who posted the comment to Bennight's YouTube channel.

    "No other information was included in the comment, which would indicate a time, location, or true identity of the person who made the comment," Lasky told reporters. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment."

  3. According to people who knew Cruz, the 19-year-old was obsessed with guns

    High school senior Eddie Bonilla told WPTV he met Cruz and described him to be "a little bit off" and "troubled."

    Cruz used to brag about his guns "for fun" and "threatened to bring the guns to school multiple times," Bonilla told the news station. 

    Bonilla also said students "threw jokes around that he'd be the one to shoot up the school."

    Although Cruz's alleged social media paged have been deleted, an archive website displays the page that many believe belonged to the suspect. Authorities have not confirmed the Instagram page belonged to Cruz. 

    After the shooting, Cruz was arrested nearly a mile down the road from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz used at least one AR-15 rifle as well as multiple magazines during the attack. 

    Cruz was charged on Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, one count for each student and adult he killed. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Broward County Sheriffs Office)


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