Update investigators say school design contributed to florida massacre

The commission also learned that the Broward sheriff’s office and Coral Springs police department had different radio systems, preventing the primary agencies responding to the shooting from exchanging information, and that attempts to merge the channels have failed.

Another problem: The city of Parkland, where the school is located, has a bifurcated 911 system; Calls from cellular phones go to the Coral Springs 911 center, while calls from landlines go to the Broward sheriff. Most calls from campus were from cellphones, so Broward dispatchers were getting second-hand information.

Scott played a rudimentary computer animation showing the gunman’s actions as he moved through the three-story freshman building during his six-minute attack.


The suspect and the victims were represented by dots, with the victims’ dots changing colors when they were fatally wounded. The specific victims were not identified. The audience that filled a Broward College auditorium remained silent as Scott talked through the animation.

The commission also will examine the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s conduct before, during and after the shooting. Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s security officer, retired after Sheriff Scott Israel criticized him and planned to suspend him for not rushing into the building to confront and kill the gunman. The commission also will consider the conduct of other deputies who arrived at the school but remained outside.

School counselors and mental health officials also will appear to discuss their interactions with Cruz. He spent time at a school for emotionally and mentally disturbed students before being allowed to transfer briefly to Stoneman Douglas. He was kicked out later.

The commission could also examine other Florida mass shootings, including the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49, and a 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left six dead. Gualtieri suggested that it focus solely on school shootings, however.

He pointed to the FBI, which ignored a warning call about Cruz, and sheriff’s and school administrators who had numerous contacts with Cruz before the shooting. The sheriff’s office said they had 18 contacts with Cruz before the shooting, but said he never did anything he could be arrested for.

The commission also learned that the Broward sheriff’s office and Coral Springs police department had different radio systems, preventing the primary agencies responding to the shooting from exchanging information, and that attempts to merge the channels have failed.

Another problem: The city of Parkland, where the school is located, has a bifurcated 911 system; Calls from cellular phones go to the Coral Springs 911 center, while calls from landlines go to the Broward sheriff. Most calls from campus were from cellphones, so Broward dispatchers were getting second-hand information.

Scott played a rudimentary computer animation showing the gunman’s actions as he moved through the three-story freshman building during his six-minute attack. The suspect and the victims were represented by dots, with the victims’ dots changing colors when they were fatally wounded. The specific victims were not identified. The audience that filled a Broward College auditorium remained silent as Scott talked through the animation.

The commission also will examine the Broward Sheriff’s Office’s conduct before, during and after the shooting. Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s security officer, retired after Sheriff Scott Israel criticized him and planned to suspend him for not rushing into the building to confront and kill the gunman. The commission also will consider the conduct of other deputies who arrived at the school but remained outside.

School counselors and mental health officials also will appear to discuss their interactions with Cruz. He spent time at a school for emotionally and mentally disturbed students before being allowed to transfer briefly to Stoneman Douglas. He was kicked out later.

The commission could also examine other Florida mass shootings, including the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49, and a 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left six dead. Gualtieri suggested that it focus solely on school shootings, however.

He pointed to the FBI, which ignored a warning call about Cruz, and sheriff’s and school administrators who had numerous contacts with Cruz before the shooting. The sheriff’s office said they had 18 contacts with Cruz before the shooting, but said he never did anything he could be arrested for.