Lawsuit settled in Parkland school shooting case

By CNN Staff • Updated 7th January 2019 A lawsuit filed by families of six Parkland high school students and adults who were murdered during the school shooting last February has been settled, according…

Lawsuit settled in Parkland school shooting case

By CNN Staff • Updated 7th January 2019

A lawsuit filed by families of six Parkland high school students and adults who were murdered during the school shooting last February has been settled, according to a statement from the family’s attorney.

The families alleged that the FBI missed opportunities to prevent the shooting that occurred during classes on February 14, 2018.

The gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, entered the school shooting a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he fatally shot 14 students and three staff members. He was eventually arrested after a massive manhunt.

The families settled the $1 million lawsuit for $230,000 per victim, according to attorney John Taylor.

“I feel blessed. Now we can move on and help the community heal,” Jordan Davis, whose daughter Alaina was killed, told CNN on Tuesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation came under fire for not aggressively pursuing the tip about Cruz’s potential for violence made by a former neighbor. The tipster, provided CNN with a written statement at the time, which read: “I am so sorry. I wish I could have done something. He’s a sick person.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and US Sen. Bill Nelson announced last year that an outside law firm will investigate the FBI.

CNN previously reported that outside investigators said that from 2000 to 2017, the FBI received 3,800 tip reports on gun violence and 1,100 tip reports related to school shootings, but the agency did not follow up in at least three of those instances.

Federal investigators said the FBI’s focus on the Florida shooting was overshadowed by the bureau’s mishandling of the tip about the gunman in another case, saying agents “miscommunicated” with the person who alerted them.

“While there was little by way of warning signs to indicate Cruz might be capable of gun violence, there were many warning signs, by Cruz and others, indicating that he was mentally ill and potentially violent,” Nelson said in September.

The FBI said in September that it plans to conduct an internal review of its handling of tips that resulted in the national disclosure of phone numbers, addresses and email addresses of 20 political activists by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

According to federal investigators, the campaign provided the data of about 300 activists during a five-week period in 2017, prompting an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the Florida school shooting, three of the victims were from the Davis family.

Jordan and Anthony Davis, older brothers of Alaina Davis, were among the shooting victims; their friend, Jaime Guttenberg, died.

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