The Latest: Florida massacre response was chaotic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the commission investigating the massacre at a Florida high school (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

The commission investigating the massacre at a Florida high school saw videos and radio calls detailing the chaos and confusion during law enforcement’s response.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission heard Thursday that Broward County sheriff’s deputies and Coral Springs police officers couldn’t communicate by radio throughout the initial response to the February shooting that left 17 dead. That put them in danger of accidentally firing on each other.

There was also confusion about whether the gunman was still inside the school because the video system in the office was unknowingly on a 15-minute delay.

The officers searching the building where the shootings happened were falsely told he was coming down from the third floor at their position on the second floor, when in fact he had fled the building. That delayed the response to reaching victims on the third floor, where six lay dead or dying and four wounded.


12:10 a.m.

The then-sheriff’s deputy on campus during the Florida high school massacre is scheduled to testify before a state commission investigating the shooting.

Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson is subpoenaed to appear Thursday before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.

Members are expected to ask why he didn’t enter the building where 17 people died Feb. 14 and try to stop the shooter. Panel members said Wednesday that he was “not a real cop” and “a coward.”

Peterson told investigators he didn’t know where the shots were coming from and that he heard only two or three. His attorney did not respond to an email Wednesday seeking comment.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and school Superintendent Robert Runcie are scheduled to testify after Peterson.

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