Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Florida shooting: CNN terrorism expert Philip Mudd breaks down over school massacre

Florida shooting: CNN terrorism expert Philip Mudd breaks down over school massacre

Cruz, on Wednesday, February 14, is said to have pulled the fire alarm to draw students out of their classroom and shot at them.

Philip Mudd, a counterterrorism analyst and former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, became emotional while discussing Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

After explaining how he has spoken to unwilling ISIS fighters, Mudd's voice starts to break as he implores, 'I have 10 nieces and nephews. We're talking about legislation.

He was emotional and visibly disturbed while saying, "A child of God is dead". Can we not acknowledge in this country that we cannot accept this?

Mr Mudd ended the interview abruptly as he was fighting back tears.

"I can't do it, Wolf", he added, breaking down. "I'm sorry. We can't do it". The alleged shooter has since been identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who carried out his attack with an AR-15 rifle. "We're going to get back to you".


"People say we have to learn some lessons. Unfortunately, lessons are never, never learned".

He returned after a swift break to discuss the legal aspects of the shooting, but it's his emotional plea that has gone viral.

Yesterday the United States suffered from it's 18th school shooting in 2018.

However, the shooting in Parkland is the 18th incident in which a gun has been discharged on a school campus in the U.S. this year, according to gun safety non-profit Everytown.

"It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a effect of our inaction", he added.

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