Police in Florida were called to the home of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz 39 times in the past eight years, usually because of his violent outbursts, it has been revealed.
At least three of the calls were labeled as a “domestic disturbance.” It appears that officers did not go to the home for each of he 39 calls. Many had the situation handled by phone.
The troubling development comes as the FBI admitted that it failed to follow up on a call made to the FBI tipline warning that Cruz might carry out a school shooting. The call, made by someone close to Cruz, was placed six weeks ago, in early January. The information was very specific, but the details were never sent to the Miami field office for follow-up.
That tip was separate from a report given to the FBI last fall that Cruz said he was going to be a “professional school shooter” in a comment left on YouTube. That tip also went nowhere.
The gunman who killed 17 people inside a school in Florida told police he heard voices in his head that gave him instructions for the attack.
The voices were described as ‘demons’ by law enforcement sources, reports ABC News.
And it has now emerged that police were called to Nikolas Cruz’s family’s Parkland home 39 times since 2010, according to police records obtained by CNN.
During his first court appearance on Thursday, Cruz was comforted by his public defender as he was ordered held without bail in connection to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that left 17 dead and 14 injured.
As of Friday, seven of the injured were still hospitalized, one in critical condition and seven described as stable.
The 19-year-old wore an orange jump suit and shackles on his wrists and ankles as he was officially charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder – charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty in Florida.
Cruz kept his eyes down and didn’t speak in court, other than to confirm his name with a polite ‘yes ma’am’ to the judge.
Standing next to him was his public defender, Melisa McNeil, who comforted him by putting a hand around his shoulder.
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