March 22, 2018

Parkland student: We warned people several times about mass shooter

23 February 2018, 08:50 | Christie Tate

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Cruz had a handful of guns, including the AR-15 and two other rifles that James Snead said would be considered assault rifles.

In Broward County, deputies went to the Cruz family home there nearly 40 times between 2010 and January 2017, CNN reported, citing public documents.

Students and parents affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are planning a demonstration in the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday.

Florida, where Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 assault weapon to kill 17 people at his former high school, lacks such a law.

Cruz's 68-year-old adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, died unexpectedly on November 1 after contracting pneumonia, according to documents filed in the Broward County Probate Court and obtained by ABC News.

"We need to make sure that when people see signs, they have every ability to do something about getting guns out of the hands of mentally ill and risky people", Ting told The Associated Press.

Lopez, who took cover in one of the school's closets to escape Wednesday's massacre, said Cruz would also act violently toward his ex-girlfriend, as well as Lopez and her friends.

"I have spent the last week in Parkland talking to members of the community, students and families of the victims who are suffering following this horrific shooting", Scott said in a statement.

The decision came under the advisement of clinicians at Henderson Behavioral Health, which school counselors anxious may have been "premature" in their advice, according to the DCF notes.

As Newsweek reported, Cruz was held for psychiatric evaluation in 2016 after he posted a Snapchat video talking about getting a gun and self-harming, per a report from the Florida Department of Children and Families. A prolonged court fight, she said, could mean that "bump stocks would continue to be sold" for years.

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Nonetheless, the Florida Department of Children and Families investigation was "closed with no indicators to support the allegations of inadequate supervision or medical neglect".

In one, he asked what classroom the boy was in, adding in another that he had "something important" to tell him.

After Cruz was ousted from the Deschamps home, he moved in with the Snead family in Parkland, where he lived until police arrested him after the February 14 shooting. While his younger brother Zachary remained at that home, Nik Cruz returned to Broward County to live with a friend, and stayed at the Pompano Beach home of James and Kimberly Snead. Then we get the reminders that if we see something we need to say something. Five months later, just one day after the shooting, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent said, "No other information was included in the comment which would indicate a particular time, location, or the true identity of the person who posted the comment". "It's as simple as that". She filed a petition to administer Cruz's mother's estate the day after the shooting at the Broward County high school, according to court records.

Kimberly Snead had taken Cruz to the office of a therapist just five days before the shooting, and he had said he was open to therapy if his medical insurance would cover it.

After the hearing, Executive Chief Public Defender Gordon Weekes told reporters the hearing was scheduled inadvertently and shouldn't have been on the docket, CBS News' Alex Pena reports.

The self-mutilation should have been a red flag that DCF pursued more aggressively, said Antonio Sanchez, adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College and former ranking command officer for several police agencies in Miami-Dade County.

In Florida, Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates if caregivers are committing abuse or neglect of adults per Chapter 415, Florida Statutes. However, he also said his office is working with law enforcement and will announce later what penalty it plans to seek.

Lynda Cruz, his mother, assured the DCF investigator that he "doesn't have a gun" and that he was meeting regularly with his mental health counselor. We didn't see this in our house. That is what made (suspect) Nikolas Cruz seem normal.

According to records, deputies later found Cruz in the neighborhood park.

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