Had agents been able to confirm Cruz was the YouTube poster, they would have found photos of rifles, ammunition and targets filled with bullet holes.
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The FBI received a specific report in January that the suspect in the Florida school shooting could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate the tip, the agency said Friday.The FBI was also notified about a comment on a YouTube video posted by a "Nikolas Cruz" last year.Although the commenter's username was "Nikolas Cruz" – the same name as the 19-year-old man who authorities say killed 17 people at his former high school Wednesday – the FBI couldn't identify the poster, Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Miami, said Thursday.Federal agents interviewed the man who reported the comment and searched public records databases, actions in line with those done during an FBI assessment – the lowest level, least intrusive and most elementary stage of an FBI inquiry – but came up short. The FBI says it still hasn't conclusively linked the account to the alleged shooter.Many assessments are closed within days or weeks when the FBI concludes there's no criminal or national security threat, or basis for continued scrutiny.Tips like the one that came in about the Florida gunman are among countless complaints that come into the FBI daily with varying degrees of specificity.
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