1. SOUNDBITE (English) David Bowdich, FBI Acting Deputy Director
"Unfortunately, as was disclosed by the FBI before this terrible incident, the FBI did receive two separate tips that we now know were related to the shooter, Nikolas Cruz. As the FBI director has made clear, the FBI could have and should have done more to investigate the information it was provided prior to the shooting."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Bowdich, FBI Acting Deputy Director
"On September 25, 2017, we received an email tip from a person in Mississippi, who indicated that a person unknown to him posted on his Youtube channel the following text: quote, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." The posting was from the username Nikolas Cruz. In response to this tip, the PAL (Public Access Line) opened what is called a guardian lead, and assigned it to our Jackson, Mississippi field office. Upon reciept of the guardian lead, the FBI agent, along with a local task force officer interviewed the tipster on October 2, 2017. At the time of the interview, the tipster provided a screen shot of the subject's post. The agent conducted searches of both FBI databases, and open sources believing the true poster, the true identity of the poster could not be determined, the guardian lead was closed on October 11, 2017 with no additional investigative activity."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Bowdich, FBI Acting Deputy Director
" A few months later, on January 5, 2018, the FBI received another tip by way of a call to the PAL by someone who identified herself as a close friend of the Cruz family. The caller provided information about Cruz to include the following: Statements about Cruz harming himself and others, references to ISIS, that he had threatened his mother with a rifle, that he had purchased several weapons, that he wanted to kill people, and she believed he was going to explode, that he had mutilated small animals, that the caller was concerned that Cruz might shoot up a school. The caller also noted that Cruz was 18 years old, but had the mental capacity of a 12-14 year old. She indicated she was very concerned and had contacted the Parkland police department and wanted someone to look into this matter. Upon finishing this call, the FBI operator conducted a search of our databases and found a closed guardian lead out of Mississippi. The operator then consulted with her supervisor, and the matter was closed. The information was never forwarded to a field office, or to any of our state and local partners for review and action."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Bowdich, FBI Acting Deputy Director
"This is not the kind of news I want to deliver to this committee, to the families, or to the public, but we are committed to transparency in all that we do on behalf of the American people.
5 . SOUNDBITE (English) David Bowdich, FBI Acting Deputy Director
"When we make mistakes, we will not hide from them, and we are committed with your help to doing whatever is necessary to correct our mistakes, and regardless, and so that tragedies like this cannot be repeated."
A top official from the FBI outlined for a U.S. Senate panel the missed tips about school shooter Nikolas Cruz prior to the school massacre in Parkland, Florida last month.
FBI Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that two tips came into the FBI on its Public Access Line, or PAL, including one by a person who was close to the family of Nikolas Cruz, but neither tip was adequately followed up.
"This is not the kind of news I want to deliver to this committee, to the families, or to the public, but we are committed to transparency in all that we do on behalf of the American people," Bowdich said.
The first tip came in Sepember, 2017, while the second came in January, 2018. According to Bowdich, the caller who provided the second tip said that Cruz had made statements about harming himself and others, references to ISIS. The tipster also said that Cruz had threatened his mother with a rifle, purchased several weapons, and said that he wanted to kill people.
Although the person who took the call discussed it with a supervisor, Bowdich said, "the information was never forwarded to a field office, or to any of our state and local partners for review and action."