Florida school shooting: Trump slams Federal Bureau of Investigation over attack

Elias Hubbard
February 22, 2018

Snead said in the hours after the shooting the family received a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Cruz, he said that's when they realized he was the suspected gunman.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know", added Kimberly Snead, 49, a neonatal nurse. They declined to provide their son's first name or age. Cruz did not get along with the woman, and asked the Sneads' son, his friend, if he could live with them.

Cruz's former classmates and neighbors have also said Cruz was preoccupied with weapons, flaunting photographs of his guns and firing at targets in his backyard. He owned several, and they were unsecured.

So the Sneads, who own guns themselves and keep them under lock and key, drove to Lantana to pick up Cruz and his belongings. Kimberly said they are having trouble processing the events of last Wednesday. James told "Good Morning America" that he thought he was the only person that had a key to the safe.

But he was eventually deemed a low risk and later passed a background check, allowing him in February 2017 to buy the AR-15 rifle used in the massacre. "Nothing I can say will heal them", James said.

Mental health center staff "came out and assessed the (victim and) found him to be stable enough not to be hospitalized", the DCF report said.

Snead said he has nothing to say to Cruz and declined to say what he believes his punishment should be.

Kimberly told The South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper she brought 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to a therapist this month because he was still struggling with the November 1 death of his adoptive mother.

The Sneads have been speaking to media along with their attorney Jim Lewis.

Authorities have not described any specific motive, except to say that Cruz had been kicked out of the high school, which has about 3,000 students and serves an affluent suburb where the median home price is almost $600,000.

"He was supposed to see a counselor this week", Snead said.

Cruz had also told the Sneads "he was depressed" and had shown interest in seeking medical help for his symptoms.

They said they told Cruz he needed to ask permission to take out the guns. His time was taken up riding the bus to school and back home, and biking to and from work, Snead said.

The couple said Cruz did not appear to act out of the ordinary in the hours leading up to the shooting last week.

"It's a roller coaster of emotions", James Snead said of the mass shooting aftermath.

The night before the shooting, Snead said he noticed nothing unusual. The family ate cheese and steak sandwiches for dinner - Cruz put a chocolate chip cookie on top of his - and then watched "Jeopardy" on television. Snead remembers that Cruz was "very respectful then".

Kimberly and James Snead speak to CBS This Morning. In September 2016, his mother had told the state social services agency that Cruz had been acting out because he was upset over a breakup with a girl at Stoneman Douglas.

Cruz was also known to police after his mother repeatedly reported him for violent outbursts, while records obtained by the same newspaper showed authorities investigated Cruz in 2016 after he cut his arms on messaging app Snapchat and threatened to buy a gun.

James Snead, 48, is a decorated army veteran and a military intelligence analyst who served stints in the Middle East between 1988 and 1996.

"Really, Nik? Really?" were the only words Kimberly Snead could say.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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