While the Broward County Sheriff’s Department struggles to downplay fierce criticism over their handling of the devastating school shooting that stunned southern Florida this month, new data shows the agency was notified at least 45 times regarding the gunman’s erratic behavior.
Despite Sheriff Scott Israel’s insistence that his agency received 23 calls regarding 19-year old Nikolas Cruz, records released by the department show at least 45 calls were made to the Broward County Sheriff’s office between 2008 and 2017.
The new details raise even more questions over how local law enforcement and the FBI missed multiple red flags that should have prevented Cruz’s rampage at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The FBI found itself in hot water this week over their response to “multiple tips” regarding Cruz, including information from a family insider that worried the gunman would “go into a school and just shoot the place up.”
Nikolas Cruz confessed to the deadly mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school on February 14; killing seventeen individuals and injuring scores more.