Friday, 16 February 2018

Florida school shooter confesses to police, Associated Press reports

The Associated Press reports that the suspected shooter in the Parkland school shooter has confessed to murdering at least 17 people. Here is some of the newest information:
• The suspected shooter will be held without bond for the time being after being charged with 17 counts of murder.
• The leader of a white nationalist group has confirmed the suspect was a member of the organization, according to The Associated Press. 
• The FBI in 2017 received information about a comment on a YouTube channel that read: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter," with no other information, said Rob Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami division. The FBI did a database review but couldn't identify the person who wrote the comment.
Earlier, a law enforcement official told CNN on condition of anonymity that the FBI received at least two alleged threat reports about Nikolas Cruz, the man accused of committing Wednesday's shooting. One of those was about the YouTube post about being a professional school shooter, the source said.
• President Donald Trump says he is making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials.
• An armed resource deputy was at the school's campus, but that deputy never encountered Cruz, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he will have conversations with state leaders next week about "how to make sure individuals with mental illness do not touch a gun." "If someone is mentally ill, they should not have access to a gun," he said.
• Scott said he also will discuss how to make sure that parents know their children will be safe at school.
• "The violence has to stop. We cannot lose another child in this country to violence at a school," Scott said.
• Broward County schools superintendent Rob Runcie said that "now is the time for this country to have a real conversation on sensible gun control laws in this country." He also said real funding for mental health support was needed.

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