COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) – A state appointed panel charged with dissecting what went wrong before, during and after the Stoneman Douglas massacre met for the first time in Coconut Creek Tuesday.
The 16 member panel includes law enforcement, educators and three fathers whose children were murdered February 14th.
“I want the people of Broward to know I won’t rest until there are answers and people held accountable for what happened,” said panel member Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed.
The meeting comes the same day Coral Springs Police released a report where a deputy who responded to the school says when he arrived he “saw approximately four Broward County Sheriff’s Office vehicles parked in the west bound lane with their personnel taking up exterior positions behind their vehicles.”
The deputy says another deputy who was taking cover knew where the shooter was.
He wrote in the report, “I was advised by an unknown B.S.O. Deputy taking cover behind a tree, ‘He is on the third floor.’”
School resource officer Scot Peterson, who heard the gunfire and rushed to the building but never went inside, resigned and retired in late February after BSO says it learned of his lack of action during the mass shooting.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office revealed out of 49 calls from the home of accused shooter Nicholas Cruz, 18 involved Cruz and that mental health professionals determined he wasn’t a threat.
“This guy got out of an Uber, walked across a parking lot and he walked in a door. Those doors were unlocked,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who is leading the panel.
Gualtieri says everything is on the table for discussion: Cruz’s history, problems with radio communications and the design of the school.
“The only way to lock the classroom doors was on the outside. That’s messed up,” said Gualtieri.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office showed a graphic animation representing what happened when the confessed shooter entered the building.
A black dot represented Cruz moving from floor to floor, shooting in the hallways and classrooms.
Late in the day panel members travelled to the school to examine the building where it happened from the outside.
The panel will be meeting several more times and present their findings in January.