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FBI official: 'We clearly should have done more'

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The FBI could have and should have done more to investigate information it received prior to last month's massacre at Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School, the agency's told a panel today.

told the that authorities will never know if any investigative work would have prevented the shooting, "but we clearly should have done more."

The panel is examining legislative proposals to improve school safety, but much of the early focus was on failures.

Senator Charles Grassley, the of the committee, expanded the blame to include local and state officials. He noted that Broward declined an invitation to testify today, as did Michael Carroll, of

"By thumbing their noses at Congress, Israel and Carroll have let the American people down and also the citizens of they serve," Grassley said.

The FBI has acknowledged it receive separate tips related to the accused shooter, Bowdich said the tips occurred on September 25, 2017 and on January 5.

The first tip came via email from someone in who warned that someone had posted on a page under the username Nikolas Cruz: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." Bowdich said it was determined that the true identity of the poster could not be determined and work on the tip was closed about two weeks later.

In January, the FBI received a call from a woman who identified herself as a close friend of the Cruz family and shared information from Cruz's that concerned her. She also warned that Cruz wanted to kill people, was mutilating small animals and he was going to explode.

Bowdich said that upon finishing the call, the FBI operator conducted a search of databases and found the closed lead out of

The operator then consulted with her and the matter was closed. He said he didn't know why the information was not forwarded to

"When we make mistakes, we will not hide them, and we are committed, with your help, to doing whatever is necessary to correct our mistakes and prevent tragedies like this one from being repeated," Bowdich said.

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that the FBI is getting about 4,100 tips a day, while it has about 160 people on staff. He expressed concern that more people should be dedicated to that task.

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the shooting stemmed from a catastrophic and systemic failure of at every level.

Ryan B. Petty's daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Parkland shooting. In his written testimony, he tells the committee: "and the deadly danger he posed were the worst-kept secrets in Parkland." He said every relevant authority knew that Cruz was deeply troubled, but "he was a secret kept from many of the parents" of the Parkland students.

Separately, the House is set to vote on a measure tomorrow that authorizes USD 500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and

The said strongly supports the measure, which if approved, would be the first gun-related action by since the February 14 attack in Parkland that left 17 dead.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 00:55 IST