The FBI issued a rare apology on Friday for ignoring a tip it received from a friend of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz on January 5 which said Cruz was acting erratically and may be planning an attack.
Forty days later, the 19-year-old expelled student obsessed with guns entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing students and staff with an AR-15. In all, 17 people died within and outside the school.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the agency is still investigating the facts and trying to get to the bottom of what happened on Wednesday afternoon.
Wray said the agency will review the process of responding to information provided by public.
Had FBI properly followed the protocols, the tip on Cruz should have been treated as a credible threat and the information should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office for investigation. That never happened, the agency said.
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” the statement said.
“All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it,” it said.