The teenage gunman accountable for the Florida highschool bloodbath that left 17 useless had almost free reign in the course of the early levels of the carnage as a result of cops and administrators did not take key steps that might have saved lives, it was reported Friday.
An investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel included horrifying photos of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz roaming the first-floor hallways of Parkland’s Majory Stoneman Douglas High School as he shot his former classmates, seemingly at will, within the February massacre.
The paper mentioned faculty administrators and legislation enforcement officers might have headed off the capturing in its earliest minutes and saved lives — however failed to take action.
“Security monitor Andrew Medina, an unarmed baseball coach, is riding in a golf cart and unlocking gates 20 minutes before dismissal. He sees Cruz walk through one of those unguarded gates with a rifle bag,” the paper reported.
“He recognizes Cruz as ‘Crazy Boy,’ the former student that he and his colleagues had predicted most likely to shoot up the school. He radios another campus monitor/coach, but he does not pursue Cruz and does not call a Code Red to lock down the school.”
Medina by no means ought to have been on the job within the first place, in response to the report.
“School investigators had recommended he be fired for sexually harassing students, but district administrators overruled them,” the paper wrote.
Its investigative group discovered that Medina was the primary of three faculty staff who did not name for a lockdown “after learning a gunman is on campus.”
Instead, Medina alerted not less than one different staffer — David Taylor, who noticed the gunman lumbering down the corridor together with his rifle bag in hand.
Security digital camera footage confirmed that Taylor turned the opposite approach, later telling investigators he tried to make use of the steps on the different finish of the hallway to chop Cruz off on the second flooring.
On the videotapes obtained by the paper, Cruz is seen strolling right into a stairwell the place simply seconds later an unsuspecting freshman, Chris McKenna, entered to see the 19-year-old killer loading his gun.
“You’d better get out of here,” Cruz mentioned. “Things are gonna start getting messy.”
McKenna ran and informed soccer coach Aaron Feis that there was somebody within the faculty with a gun. The newspaper discovered there was no proof that Feis used his radio to name for a “code red” lockdown — the second missed probability.
With his weapon out, Cruz left the stairwell and fired his first photographs — killing three freshmen in a first-floor hallway.
Taylor heard the photographs and raced as much as the second flooring, the place he ducked right into a janitor’s closet, the report mentioned.
He had a radio, however didn’t name for a lockdown — a 3rd missed probability to restrict the carnage, the Sun-Sentinel discovered.
Another 14 college students and employees would die within the hour-long rampage — many after a hearth alarm despatched them scrambling into hallways and proper into the gunman’s path.