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Florida shooter makes first appearance in court

Florida shooter makes first appearance in court

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old by the same name allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, killing 17 people and injuring numerous others.

The FBI on Thursday confirmed at the scene of a deadly school shooting that it received information about a YouTube comment past year that threatened similar violence, but the bureau was unable to identify the person who made it.

BuzzFeed News first reported that the YouTube vlogger says he made the warning.

But, in a new report by the Associated Press, FBI agents say they were unable to track down the true identity of the commenter, whose username matches the identity of Wednesday's school shooter in Florida. He says "they're going to have to get with YouTube about where the comment originated, but I think they already know".

Earlier, BuzzFeed and the New York Times reported that bail bondsman and Youtube vlogger Ben Bennight informed the FBI's MS office on September 24, after a user named Nikolas Cruz posted the chilling comment below one of his videos. They contacted him immediately, according to CNN.

Bennight said he received a voicemail from FBI Special Agent Ryan Furr at the Miami field office at around 4:30PM on Wednesday, half an hour after the shooting incident began.

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Florida law enforcement announced Thursday they've started looking into the suspected school shooter's social media accounts and websites.

How and why that comment ended up on Bennight's Youtube page on September 25, 2017, is still a mystery to the bondsman.

In a written release to WLOX News Now, the FBI's MS field office confirmed that they received information about the comment last fall but couldn't identify the person who posted it.

A threat such as Cruz's would clearly have been enough for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a subpoena, said Robert Cattanach, a former Department of Justice lawyer who has prosecuted cybercrimes on behalf of the United States government.

The FBI was not commenting on Thursday morning, CBS News' Andy Triay reports.

Thanks to a Los Angeles researcher, efforts to paint the accused Florida shooter as a DACA recipient are going down in flames. "That was the last I heard from them".


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