Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and frequent YouTube vlogger noticed an alarming comment left on one of his videos. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” said a user named Nikolas Cruz.
The YouTuber, 36-year-old Ben Bennight, alerted the FBI, emailing a screenshot of the comment to the bureau’s tips account. He also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video.
Agents with the bureau’s Mississippi field office got back to him “immediately,” Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.
“They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person,” Bennight told BuzzFeed News. “I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”
FBI agents contacted Bennight again Wednesday, after a 19-year-old named Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, killing at least 17 people.
The FBI was alerted six months ago after a YouTube user named “Nikolas Cruz” posted a comment stating “I’m going to be a professional school shooter” on the video site, BuzzFeed reported early Thursday.
Cruz’s mother died in early November and he had been staying with a local family — whose son is a junior at Douglas, the family’s attorney told NBC Miami.
“He lived here without any concerns or issues for almost three months and they are shocked and horrified by the allegations being made,” lawyer Jim Lewis said, adding that his clients are fully cooperating with investigators.
Everybody is starting to pick it up now:
The blogger said that he was contacted again by agents from both the Missisippi and Miami field offices after Cruz took an AR-15 into his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
A lawyer for the family Cruz was staying with after the death of his adoptive mother said that he had purchased his gun legally, despite worries about his mental health, a social media obsession with weapons and posts about killing animals.
“I would like to think that they were already investigating this guy and they had him on the top of their radar and that’s how they ended up contacting me so quickly,” Bennight said….
Law Enforcement was well aware of who he was:
“Nikolas Cruz’s Mother Reportedly Died of Pneumonia in November
CNN reporter Randi Kaye reported on Wednesday night that Nikolas Cruz was living alone prior to killing 17 people in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.
One of Cruz’s family members, who remained unnamed, told the network that Nikolas had been adopted by Roger and Lynda Cruz.
“The gunman’s mother, adoptive mother, passed away in November of last year,” Kaye told CNN anchor Don Lemon. “November 1, in fact. She had the flu, it turned into pneumonia and she passed away. The father had died 13 or 14 years ago. This cousin was asked ‘Who did he live with? Who took care of him?’ The cousin said that he’s pretty much been on his own. Whether or not that speaks to what happened here today, what some of his motive was, still unclear at this time”
In a separate report, The New York Timesreported that Lynda Cruz used to resort to calling the police to have them come to their home and calm down Nikolas.”
He was Autistic!!
“Aopted at birth by a loving older couple, Nikolas Cruz seemed to struggle in recent years. His dad died when he was much younger and the 19-year-old’s mom died just 3 ½ months ago, neighbors, friends and family members said…
Another relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity over the sensitive matter, said Nikolas had been diagnosed with autism.”