by Jim Quinn
Has anyone heard this before? This teacher says that the shooter was wearing a helmet and face mask, and she thought it was a policeman, i.e. she couldn’t see who the shooter was. Couple this with the girl who said she spoke to Nicholas Cruz when the shooting happened (and Cruz was apparently NOT wearing full SWAT gear). Did any witnesses actually say that they saw Cruz shooting that day? I can’t remember any…
Guest post by Intellihub
PARKLAND, Fla. (INTELLIHUB) — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Stacy Lippel was grazed by a hot bullet which left the chamber of the shooter’s gun as she closed the door to her classroom after letting a number of students file into what would presumably be safety. However, nothing could have prepared the teacher for what she was to witness next.
“I suddenly saw the shooter about twenty feet in front of me standing at the end of the hallway actively shooting down the hallway, just a barrage of bullets, and I’m staring at him thinking why are the police here,this is strange because he’s in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting this rifle that I’ve never seen before,” Lippel told Good Morning America last Wednesday.
[Yojimbo – I don’t remember a single news story where they mentioned that the shooter was wearing a helmet and face mask. Why is this the first we are hearing of it?]
The brave teacher said she told fellow Stoneman Douglas H.S. teacher Scott Beigel, 35, to get back in his room just before the shooter fired a number of rounds into his room killing him and other students.
Lippel said the shooter fired four to five rounds into her classroom which shattered the classroom door window before the heavily-claded assassin continued his diabolic shooting spree down the hallway.
“I never really knew when he left because we all thought he was still here,” she said.
Two of Lippel’s students were fatally wounded in the attack.
Police maintain the suspect Nikolas Cruz arrived via an Uber ride at 2:19 p.m. and initiated his attack within 1 minute. If true, that would mean that Cruz would have had to suit up into full metal body armor, put on a full helmet and the whole nine yards, all the while assembling an AR-15 rifle which was purportedly packed into a duffle bag with a number of fully-loaded magazines.
An affidavit filed by the Broward County Sheriff states: “Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with an AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds. Cruz stated that he brought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a backpack until he got on campus to begin his assault.”
An NBC News report gives the official timeline of events:
Within barely two minutes of being dropped off, Cruz started firing into four classrooms in Building 12, returning to two of them to shoot again, Israel said.
Cruz then went upstairs to the second floor, where he shot one of his victims, before proceeding to the third floor, where he ditched his rifle and backpack, Israel said.
[Yojimbo – Note that there is no mention of body armor]
He then ran down the stairs and outside, where he blended in with hundreds of terrified students — many of them his former classmates — and eluded officers as he left campus, Israel said.
Amid the chaos he’d left behind at the school, Cruz made his way to a Walmart store, bought a drink at its Subway restaurant and walked away again, Israel said.
Such a scenario seems not only entirely unlikely but almost impossible. Not to mention the fact that prosecutors have already offered Cruz a deal to spare his life in exchange for his plead of guilt. However, if school cameras, video footage, and other hard evidence reveals that Cruz was, in fact, the shooter, why would there be a need for Cruz to plead guilty? Wouldn’t the case be cut and dry?
What exactly is going on here?
ADDITIONALLY, there was a 20 minute delay in the feed of the school video cameras? Who has ever heard of a delay in video cameras? So these cops are watching a video that is 20 minutes old, and they can’t tell that the muzzle flashes do not correlate to any sound coming from the school?
Guest post via Sun Sentinal
Poor communication — not a technical problem — left police trying to track the Parkland school shooter on video surveillance when he had already left the building, the Coral Springs police chief said Thursday.
Police searching for Nikolas Cruz desperately needed to know where he was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, as students cowered behind locked doors. But their colleagues looking at security monitors in another building fed them wrong information because they didn’t realize — or didn’t convey — that they were watching a recording rather than a live feed, Chief Tony Pustizzi said.
The “communication failure” led police to believe they were tracking the shooter in real time, when in fact they were seeing footage from 20 minutes earlier, the chief said.
Cruz had already killed 17 and fled.
A manhunt followed, and Cruz was captured walking down a residential street more than an hour after the shooting the afternoon of Feb. 14.
Pustizzi said the security camera mix-up was not caused by malfunctioning equipment.
“That 20-minute delay did cause some confusion,” Pustizzi said at a news conference, where he addressed a South Florida Sun Sentinel news articlepublished Wednesday about the camera problem.
The chief stressed that the delay did not put any lives in danger.
The Broward County Public Schools issued a statement Thursday saying the “surveillance system definitely has the ability to view the cameras in real time. It also has the ability to view the recorded footage and replay footage from earlier in the day.”
Pustizzi explained that officers who went in the school building wanted “as much intelligence as possible.”
Representatives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Coral Springs police and school security were reviewing images from security cameras in a room near the principal’s office in the main building — some distance across campus from the so-called “1200 building,” where the attack occurred, the chief said.
“The officers that are in the school trying to find him were given inaccurate information unintentionally,” the chief said, calling the problem “just miscommunication.”
It led to police announcing into their radios that the gunman was on the second floor, when it wasn’t true.
“They are monitoring the subject right now. He went from the third floor to the second floor, the third to the second floor. … They’re monitoring him on camera,” an officer said on police radio transmissions recorded by Broadcastify, an audio streaming website, at 2:54 p.m.
In fact, Cruz was already long gone — he had escaped the school’s freshman building 26 minutes earlier and was sitting at a McDonald’s a mile away, a timeline released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office shows.
The chief said the delay “never put us in a situation where any kids’ lives were in danger or any teachers’ lives were in danger.”
As police swept through the building looking for Cruz, medics with special training for high-risk situations followed behind, tending to the wounded.
Other officers ran in, grabbed kids and ran out, Pustizzi said.
More students streamed out in lines, with arms raised, after officers searched every room, every closet, every cabinet, for any further threat that could endanger children as they were exiting.
“As a former SWAT commander, I can tell you that can take hours,” the chief said.
In the weeks to come, Coral Springs police will conduct an internal review, the chief said, to discover any mistakes that were made and learn from them.
He said Coral Springs police responded to the crisis quickly, “in minutes,” and were first inside the building.
The death of 17 students and educators hit Coral Springs particularly hard.
Stoneman Douglas High is just a few feet outside the city, and many students from Coral Springs attend the school.
Pustizzi said the shooting was his worst day in 30 years of law enforcement, but his proudest day as chief.
“We pulled out 23 people, 20 survived,” he said. “That’s about the best I could ask for.”
The chief praised the professionalism and dedication of teachers at the school who — faced with gunshots — shielded children.
“Talk about heroes,” he said.