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Friday, February 16, 2018

Rick Scott calls on FBI director to resign after agency fails to investigate Parkland shooter tip

Posted By on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 3:25 PM

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign after the agency said it failed to investigate a tip on the Parkland high school shooter.

The FBI said earlier Friday that a person close to 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz contacted the agency's tipline on Jan. 5 to report concerns about "Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. The caller's information should have been forwarded to the FBI's Miami field office for further investigation, but the agency failed to do so.

On Wednesday, Cruz took an Uber to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 rifle in duffle bag. Authorities say Cruz fired more than 100 rounds at students and teachers, killing at least 17 people.

Wray apologized and said the agency is "still investigating the facts."

"I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public," Wray said.

In a statement, Scott said the FBI's actions are "unacceptable."

"Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it," Scott said. "An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need."

Scott added that the agency "failed to act" despite constantly telling people to report if they see something suspicious.

"We constantly promote 'see something, say something,' and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act," Scott said. "The FBI Director needs to resign."

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