Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused of shooting and killing 17 people on February 14 at a Parkland, Florida, high school apparently called authorities for help after he couldn’t cope and flew into a rage, following the death of his mother last November.
“The thing is I lost my mother a couple weeks ago, so, like, I’m dealing with a bunch of things right now,” Cruz told a 911 dispatcher after having a fight with ta family who allowed to stay in their home after his mother passed away, the Sun Sentinel reports.
The 911 call occurred on November 28 after he misplaced his mother’s photo, which apparently sent Cruz into a fit of rage as he punched walls and broke items in the home. According to Roxanne Deschamps, the woman who allowed Cruz to stay in her home, the suspect became so enraged that he also punched her 22-year-old son, Rock, in the face. Rock reportedly punched him back before Cruz fled the home. Deschamps called 911 afterward, worried that Cruz would go buy more guns.
“He put the gun on the head of his brother before, so not the first time, and he did that to his mom… It’s not the first time he’s put a gun on somebody’s head,” Deschamps said during another 911 call on the same day.
“Because that’s all he wants is his gun,” Deschamps continued during the 911 call, according to the Miami Herald. “That’s all he cares about is his gun, and he bought tons of ammunition, bullets and stuff, and I took it away from him.”
Authorities later found Cruz in a nearby park. The Deschamps family declined to press charges on Cruz since he recently lost his mother and they sympathized with him.
“He appeared nervous and calm. He said he became upset because he misplaced a picture of his mother who recently passed away,” a deputy wrote in a police report.
Cruz is currently behind bars without bail after he reportedly snuck into the Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire, killing 17 people, including students and staff members. Despite numerous warning signs, including a tipster’s call to the FBI a month prior to the incident, Cruz slipped through the cracks.
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[Feature Photo: Nikolas Cruz/Police Handout]