The Parkland firing commission, Sheriff's leader, says "someone with a firearm" # 039; I could have stopped Cruz

Florida Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the principal investigator for the state commission on the Parkland massacre, said that shooter Nikolas Cruz could have been arrested if someone on campus had been armed in a new interview this week.

The Florida sheriff who heads a state commission on the Parkland massacre has claimed that shooter Nikolas Cruz could have been stopped by "someone with a gun."

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the New York Times that surveillance footage of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shows that the 19-year-old gunman paused to reload his AR-15 several times during the deadly attack, which would have been the perfect opportunity to stop someone him.

"If there was someone there with a gun, they could have mitigated this," Gualtieri told Times reporter Patricia Mazzei. & # 39; There were opportunities for staff to intervene if they were armed & # 39;

Mazzei published the excerpts from his interview with the sheriff in Twitter, noting that "the only armed guard on campus, Deputy Scot Peterson of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, remained outside the building during the shooting." He resigned and has since said he was not sure where the gunman was.

Florida Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the principal investigator for the state commission on the Parkland massacre, said that shooter Nikolas Cruz could have been arrested if someone on campus had been armed in a new interview this week.

The confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz appears in the photo

The confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz appears in the photo

Florida Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, left, the principal investigator of the state commission on the Parkland massacre, said that shooter Nikolas Cruz could have been arrested if anyone on campus had been armed in a new interview this week.

Gualtieri made the remarks during an interview with New York Times journalist Patricia Mazzei, who noticed that there was an armed security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the shooting, Deputy Scot Peterson (pictured above in the security images)

Gualtieri made the remarks during an interview with New York Times journalist Patricia Mazzei, who noticed that there was an armed security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the shooting, Deputy Scot Peterson (pictured above in the security images)

Gualtieri made the remarks during an interview with New York Times journalist Patricia Mazzei, who noticed that there was an armed security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the shooting, Deputy Scot Peterson (pictured above in the security images)

In the interview on Thursday, Gualtieri revealed that during one of the times that Cruz was reloading the six-round rifle, a teacher was able to take his students to a safe place.

"There were other times when he was in school that his weapon was empty," he added.

DailyMail.com contacted Mazzei to find out if Gualtieri had anything to say about Peterson, who was seen in previously released surveillance footage that seemed to hide from the shooting during the Valentine's Day shootout that left 17 dead.

Peterson, who has been called a coward for not intervening during the attack, has maintained that he did everything he could during the shooting of Valentine's Day this year.

Peterson, who has been called a coward for not intervening during the attack, has maintained that he did everything he could during the shooting of Valentine's Day this year.

Peterson, who has been called a coward for not intervening during the attack, has maintained that he did everything he could during the shooting of Valentine's Day this year.

The "cowardly policeman" has claimed that when he heard gunshots for the first time, he thought it was someone who threw firecrackers like a "childish prank".

As he approached the building where Cruz was standing, the officer realized that it was actually shooting, but he did not try to intervene.

Despite widespread criticism from the public and several of the families of the victims, Peterson has maintained that he did everything he could at that time.

& # 39; How can you keep saying I did not do anything? I'm getting on the radio to call the shooting, "he told the Washington Post in June.

& # 39; I'm blocking school. I'm cleaning children from the yard. They have the video and the call records. The evidence is sitting there.

The state commission issued a video of Cruz's 12-hour interrogation on Wednesday, which shows the confessed gunman sitting in front of his brother Zachary (top)

The state commission issued a video of Cruz's 12-hour interrogation on Wednesday, which shows the confessed gunman sitting in front of his brother Zachary (top)

The state commission issued a video of Cruz's 12-hour interrogation on Wednesday, which shows the confessed gunman sitting in front of his brother Zachary (top)

Earlier this week, the Public Safety Commission of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, led by Gualtieri, posted a video of the 12-hour interrogation in which Cruz confessed to the shooting.

The disturbing images taken a few hours after the massacre show the 19-year-old bent over in a chair, pointing his fingers to his face like a gun and muttering "kill me" over and over again.

Later he can be seen sitting in front of his brother Zachary, who begs him to explain why he had gone to the killing.

Gualtieri told the commission that school officials had struggled with Cruz's fluctuating behavior for years, not knowing what the best way to handle it was.

"It really was a roller coaster with Cruz really from birth," he said.

Last week, the Broward County School District released a report detailing how Cruz's behavior problems began in pre-kindergarten and continued as he walked in and out of regular campuses and programs for problem kids.

"He had really bad bad times, but sometimes he had no behavior problems," Gualtieri said.

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