WASHINGTON — The FBI agent in charge of the Miami division told reporters Thursday that the bureau was notified of a threat made in a YouTube comment by someone whose username matched that of the suspected Parkland, Fla. school — but could not identify the person.
“No other information was included with that comment that would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment,” Special Agent Robert Lasky said during a press conference. “The FBI conducted database reviews … but was unable to further identify the person who made that comment.”
The comment, made under the username “nikolas cruz” last September, said: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”
On Thursday morning 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is accused of opening fire at his former high school, killing 17 students, faculty and staff members.
The comment was made on a video posted by Mississippi bail bondsman Ben Bennight, who reported it to an FBI field office, according to the Clarion Ledger, a Jackson, Miss. newspaper.
“I really didn’t think anything of it, but this comment said, ‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter,’ and I couldn’t just ignore that,” Bennight told the paper.
The bondsman noted that he was contacted by FBI field offices in Jackson and Miami after the shooting took place.
According to CNN, the account made other threats on different videos, including claims that he “whana shoot people with my AR-15,” the style of weapon used during Wednesday’s shooting.
Although most of his accounts have been suspended, Cruz left a social media footprint that showed he glorified violence.