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Federal Bureau of Investigation under scrutiny after failing to investigate tips on Florida shooter

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Students Kelsey Friend and David Hogg recall Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Mark Wilson via Getty Images Students Kelsey Friend and David Hogg recall Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Sammy Stanley | 22 February, 2018, 10:47

The group chat, titled "Murica great", paints a disturbing portrait of the 19-year-old, who is now held in custody after killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, CNN reported.

Governor Scott said in a statement that "the FBI's failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable".

"People should take security measures in their own schools based on their community's responses and their needs and their concerns and how they view the issue", said Haldeman.

Cruz's adoptive mother repeatedly called 911 to report her son's behavior, often complaining that Nikolas or his brother Zachary "threw items" or were "out of control".

"The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting", it said.

It's been two days since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and several updates have been reported, including the identity of the prime suspect.

That information should have been forwarded to the FBI's Miami field office for further investigation, but "we have determined that these protocols were not followed", the agency said. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public.

"We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy", FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

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Their urgent voices - in television interviews, on social media, even from inside a locked school office as they hid from the gunman - are now rising in the national debate over gun violence in the aftermath of yet another school shooting.

He wouldn't specify who failed to relay the tip, and said that's under investigation.

Late in the day, the Republican president and first lady Melania Trump visited a hospital where survivors from the shooting were treated, meeting privately with victims and medical staff. But this never happened.

Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter Alyssa was killed, made an emotional appeal to Trump on camera with tears rolling down her face.

"We need every mom and every dad and every kid" in all the cities to come with us. His brother, who also survived the shooting, watched his teacher die in front of him.

"What a great job you've done", Mr Trump told law enforcement officials, adding: "I hope you get credit for it because believe me, you deserve it". It was part of a multi-million dollar effort by the pro-gun group to support youth shooting clubs. Still, the AR plays an oversized role in numerous most high-profile shootings, including the June 2016 nightclub shooting in Orlando and the gunning down of 58 people last October at a country music festival in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

The president focused instead on offering sympathy to the families of the victims and the need to provide better mental health care.

As with previous mass shootings, the focus of gun control advocates was easy availability of the AR-15, a civilian version of the USA military's M16.

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