FBI Investigates YouTube Comment Possibly Linked To Florida Shooter

Adjust Comment Print

"I don't", Bennight said. "All it was on my channel was a comment", Bennight said.

"Im going to be a professional school shooter", read the comment, left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz, the same name of the suspected shooter who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people.

Ben Bennight, a 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from MS, said in September that he noticed an alarming comment posted on his video.

According to Bennight, FBI agents from the MS field office were at his George County home questioning him within 24 hours after he reported the comment to authorities.

Bennight said he was contacted again by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the shooting.

More news: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Raises Stake in Apple by 23.3 Percent
More news: We do not communalise martyrs, Indian Army's rebuttal to Owaisi
More news: Paul Dummett: Newcastle United left-back signs new deal until 2022

Cruz often joked about shooting people and/or establishments and would frequently mention having guns and using them.

The comment on YouTube has since been pulled down. "No other information was included with that comment, which would indicate a time, location or true identity of the person who made that comment".

The FBI was alerted to an alarming comment on YouTube from a user named Nikolas Cruz, who posted months ago that he planned to become a "professional school shooter", according to a MS man. Law enforcement has taken some previous online school shooting threats very seriously: a Virginia middle school student faced criminal charges for posting an Instagram message laced with guns and knives, and a 19-year-old was jailed for an apparently sarcastic threat on Facebook. Bennight received a call from a Mississippi FBI field office and then received another call from an FBI agent in Miami. Bennight was visited by authorities and questioned about whether he knew who posted the comment.

Bennight continued: "I can't fathom what goes through somebody's mind when they decide to pick up a weapon of any kind and take another person's life just because".

In a press conference Thursday morning, authorities in Broward County, FL said they investigated the comment when it was made.

Comments