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Department of Justice announces settlement of lawsuit brought by families of Parkland, Fla., shooting victims

March 17, 2022
The families of victims in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 14 students and three staff members dead, will receive $127.5 million.

Sixteen families affected by the deadly 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will receive $127.5 million from the the federal government, the U.S.Department of Justice has announced.

The payments mark the end of multiple civil cases filed against the U.S. government for damages following the Broward County shooting, reports CBS News

"The settlement does not amount to an admission of fault by the United States," the Justice Department said in the statement. 

Thie outlines of the settlement with the Justice Department were first reported in November 2021.

Former student Nikolas Cruz came to the high school campus on Feb. 14, 2018. and opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. He fatally shot 14 students and three staff members.

Cruz pleaded guilty in 2021 to 17 counts of murder.

The families of 16 fatalities and several survivors sued the government after learning that the FBI had received a tip about Cruz five weeks before the shooting. An unnamed caller told a tip line that Cruz had bought guns and was going to "slip into a school and start shooting the place up."

The information was never shared with local authorities. 

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