UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: During a press conference on Thursday, Robert F. Lasky, the special agent in charge of the Miami FBI Division, confirmed the agency investigated the 2017 YouTube comment.
Agents checked databases and did checks on the user “nikolas cruz,” but they weren’t able to identify the person.
Original Story: Hours after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz has been described as “a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on his social media,” according to the Associated Press.
Now it seems that Cruz might have shown signs of violence as early as September 2017, just months before he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and killed at least 17 people.
Mississippi bail bondsman Ben Bennight — a YouTube vlogger who has over 2,000 subscribers — said he came across early warning signs from Cruz on his Youtube channel.
Bennight said that on Sept. 24 he found a comment on one of his videos that concerned him.
It read: “Im (sic) going to be a professional school shooter.” The user name was “nikolas cruz.”
In the video, Bennight shared a screenshot of the comment by the faceless user, who the FBI wouldn’t confirm to Buzzfeed if it was the Florida shooter.
Bennight said in his video that he reported the comment to YouTube and it was removed. He also left a message for his local FBI field office, and on the next day, he said agents were at his house. He also spoke with agents from Miami.
“Well, the next day, I had two FBI agents standing in my office, taking down my information, taking copies of the screenshot, and asking me questions,” Bennight said in the video, which as of Thursday morning had almost 8,000 views.
“I think they had [Cruz] on the top of their radar,” Bennight said in his video. “I wish I could have given them more information. It was just a comment on my channel.”
The Nikolas Cruz YouTube account was active until Wednesday evening, according to BuzzFeed.
The Palm Beach Post has reached out to local FBI officals and is waiting for a response.