The teenage gunman responsible for the Florida high school massacre that left 17 dead had nearly free reign during the early stages of the carnage because cops and administrators failed to take key steps that could have saved lives, it was reported Friday.
An investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel included horrifying pictures of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz roaming the first-floor hallways of Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as he shot his former classmates, seemingly at will, in the February bloodbath.
The paper said school administrators and law enforcement officials could have headed off the shooting in its earliest minutes and saved lives — but failed to do so.
“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.”