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Bill Nelson spreads wrong information after shootings in Liberty City, Parkland


@AlextDaugherty and @NewsbySmiley

Bill Nelson’s word carries weight in Florida.

The state’s longest-serving elected official, a man who has spent decades building connections with law enforcement agencies and lawmakers from both parties, is a go-to source for information during big events like Hurricane Irma and the Parkland school shooting.

But Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat spread misinformation after the Parkland shooting, and now he’s spreading misinformation about a shooting in Liberty City that claimed the lives of two young people and wounded two more.

In a tweet on Sunday night, Nelson cited a Democratic state representative and said “apparently assault weapons [were] used” in the Liberty City shooting."

But on Monday, Miami police said handguns, not assault-style weapons, were used in the shooting.

The shooting, on the eve of Gov. Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate announcement, became a political flashpoint in South Florida.

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