New Report Details Police Calls Made About Suspected Parkland Shooter

Newly released details about calls made to police involving Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz in the years leading up to the massacre give more insight into possible warning signs.

The reports released Thursday by the Broward Sheriff's Office detail about two dozen calls for help over the course of several years involving Nikolas and his younger brother Zachary. Authorities say many of those calls were made by their mother Lynda Cruz, who died in November.

  • In May, 2012: Lynda Cruz called police saying both of her children were destroying her home
  • In August, 2012: Lynda Cruz both her children were threatening her, cursing at her and being disrespectful
  • In August, 2012: someone called police claiming Nikolas and his brother were throwing water balloons at a neighbor's house
    • A deputy showed up and helped the mom discipline both her sons, who were both being treated for ADHD, the report said
  • In November, 2013: Lynda Cruz called BSO saying Zachary was becoming increasingly "aggressive and defiant" toward her
    • She asked for help in transporting him to a treatment center, which a deputy did
  • In January, 2014: someone called police saying Nikolas punched a hole in the wall and threatened to leave because his mom took his X-Box away
    • When police showed up, Lynda told them they got into a verbal fight and no crime occurred
  • In September, 2016: Lynda Cruz said Nikolas was arguing with her over paperwork to get a state ID card. She said he had been "cutting his arms" and he "would like to purchase a firearm" 
    • A state mental health investigator showed up, said Nikolas wasn't a threat to himself or anyone else, and deputies left, records showed

Nikolas Cruz, now 19, is facing murder charges in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which claimed 17 lives.

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