by Vincent Crivelli, WPEC
PARKLAND, (Fla. (WPEC) — The Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to about 20 calls for service at Nikolas Cruz’s former home in Parkland, Fla. Documents reveal they began in 2008 when he reportedly threw rocks at a neighbor.
Then things escalated. There were three calls for service in 2011, six calls in 2012, and three in 2013, including an incident involving his adopted mother.
According to documents published by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, no action was taken. Then, in 2016, the sheriff’s office received a tip that Cruz threatened to shoot up a school through an Instagram post.
“So this is where it starts to get dicey,” said Former Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott. The documents state the tip was passed to the Stoneman Douglas school resource officer. It’s not clear what he did with it, but Internal Affairs is investigating the situation.
Another call in 2016 shows a peer counselor told the school resource officer that Cruz tried to commit suicide the week prior by drinking gasoline. Scott says Cruz couldn’t be Baker Act-ed because the officer didn’t witness the suicidal behavior so it could only be hearsay.
The 23rd and last reported call for service in Broward County involved someone calling the sheriff’s office to say they were concerned Cruz would become a school shooter.
Documents state no report was taken and the deputy referred the caller to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as Cruz was living in Lake Worth at that time.
Less than three months later, authorities say Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 and killed 17 people.
Scott says more should have been done through community policing and noticing all the red flags.
“How can you let this drop through the cracks and then fast forward and we have the catastrophic tragedy?" said Scott.