February 14, 2018 started out as a relatively calm day for Florida’s Sun Sentinel newsroom. Then, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semiautomatic rifle. Before the day was done, 17 people would be dead and 17 more would be wounded in one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history. On this week’s episode, reporters Megan O’Matz and Brittany Wallman discuss how they investigated Cruz’s background amid the chaos of breaking news. Interviews, leaked documents and records requests revealed that officials had been warned of the shooter’s troubled past.

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MUSIC

Kalsted (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Tyrano Theme (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Slow Dial (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Warm Fingers (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Low Light Switch (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

 

CREDITS

Tessa Weinberg reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Blake Nelson draws our episode art. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.