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Deputies Called to Florida Shooter's Home Weeks Before

Deputies Called to Florida Shooter's Home Weeks Before
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By    |   Thursday, 22 February 2018 02:29 PM

In the months leading up to the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, sheriff's deputies were called three times to a South Florida mobile home where accused gunman Nikolas Cruz was living, WPTV in West Palm Beach is reporting.

Cruz lived briefly in a Lantana, Florida, trailer park after his adoptive mother had passed away. It is about a half-hour to the north of the school.

And now, WPTV is reporting Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies responded three times to the mobile home during his short stay.

According to the television station, deputies once came after a report of a fight. Another time they came for a welfare check and still another for a report of a weapon.

And the Palm Beach Post said logs provided by the sheriff's office portrays Cruz as "a disturbed and potentially violent 19-year-old."

According to the Post, a Nov. 28 sheriff's report noted a woman identified as Rocxanne Deschamps, who was helping out Cruz, said he told her he recently had bought a gun and was going out to get it and "tons of ammo."

The woman said Cruz "has used a gun against [people] before" and "has put the gun to others' heads in the past," the Post said quoting the log entry.

However, this is not believed to be the AR-15 rifle used in the Parkland slayings, the Post added. Cruz ended up calling 911 to say he had left the mobile home to go to a park after Deschamps's son, Rock, threatened to "gut him" if he returned home, the newspaper said.

The next day, Deschamps's son called 911 to say the two men had a fight and Cruz had punched a hole in the wall of the mobile home and was breaking things.

Cruz later told deputies he "was sorry for losing his temper." Deschamps told deputies he "did not want (Cruz) to go to jail," WPTV said. The two men later hugged.

A short time later, Cruz moved in with James and Kimberly Snead in Parkland in Broward County.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," Kimberly Snead told the Sun Sentinel. "We didn't see this side of him."

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Sheriff's deputies were called three times to a South Florida mobile home where accused gunman Nikolas Cruz was living in the months leading up to the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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