Broward County police admitted that even more warning flags were missed that could have prevented the horrible shooting by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school.
The Miami Herald reports that a tipster called the Broward Sheriff’s Office warning them that Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making.” Deputies neglected to write up the warning in a report.
Two weeks prior to that tip being called in, a relative of Cruz also told police that they should seize his weapons.
Astoundingly, a third report was missed when two years before the shooting a deputy investigated a warning about Cruz saying he “planned to shoot up the school.”
That tip was sent to the school’s resource office, and no action followed.
Two school resource officers were placed on “restrictive duty” as the missed warnings were investigated by Internal Affairs.
An armed deputy failed to engage the shooter
Not only were those warnings missed in addition to those already reported, but Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in a news conference Thursday that a school resource officer responded to the attack but didn’t accost the shooter while he continued his massacre.
He reportedly failed to do so for an agonizing four minutes.
“I’m completely disgusted,” said Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine.
“There is nobody in authority talking to each other and every organization that had a chance to stop this completely failed our children from top to bottom,” he said.