Mass Shooting Suspect Was on an FBI “Watchlist” Until 2019

( – On April 12, a shooter opened fire while on a train in Brooklyn. Bullets struck 10 people, 5 of whom were critically injured. Later in the evening, police identified a person of interest and it turns out, he was someone federal authorities already knew.

The NYPD announced 62-year-old Frank Robert James was wanted in connection to the shooting. A federal law enforcement official told Newsweek the suspect was previously investigated by the FBI. His name was entered into the Guardian Lead system in New Mexico, which is what the federal agency and other law enforcement agencies use to communicate with one another about terrorist threats. He was reportedly cleared in 2019 after multiple interviews.

On April 13, authorities took James into custody.

The Brooklyn shooting isn’t the first time someone who was known to the FBI went on to carry out a mass shooting. In 2016, a man named Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the years leading up to the shooting the federal agency had opened an investigation into the shooter, but subsequently closed the case.

Now, just like in 2016, people are left wondering: Could the FBI have prevented the mass shooting?

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