FBI Investigates YouTube Comment Possibly Linked To Florida Shooter

Muriel Hammond
February 16, 2018

An FBI agent confirmed Thursday morning the bureau received a tip previous year about a YouTube comment made by someone with the same name as the suspect who killed 17 people in a Florida high school shooting.

The FBI was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect in Wednesday's campus massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to a video blogger.

"No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location, or the true identity of the person who made the comment", Robert Lasky, special agent in charge of the FBI Miami Division, said at a news conference, according to ABC News.

The FBI Thursday said it investigated but wasn't able to confirm the person who posted the comment was indeed the shooter.

"[The police] came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person", Ben told Buzzfeed News.

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.


"After I gave all the info to the Federal Bureau of Investigation I had forgotten all about it until the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents called me yesterday and asked me where I was and can he meet with me", said Bennight.

Hours later, MS office agents visited Bennight again. Bennight says he had no idea who this guy was, but something told him not to take the threat lightly, so he screen shot the message and reported to authorities. The FBI's special agent in charge of the investigation, Rob Lasky, confirmed that the agency had been alerted to a posting on YouTube late a year ago by a Nikolas Cruz, bragging...

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

Cruz's YouTube account was deleted as of late Wednesday.

Whether identifying Cruz as the commenter would have prevented Wednesday's shooting is open to speculation.

"I don't know if they ever track down the original user and went and interviewed him".

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