The Broward County Sheriff’s Office was called 25 times about the troubled little brother of confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz over the course of nearly a decade, according to a report Tuesday.
The numerous calls relating only to Zachary Cruz were among at least 45 in total made to the Cruz home between 2008 and 2017, CNN reported.
Many of them were made by the boys’ adoptive mother, Lynda, who died of pneumonia Nov. 1.
She called cops a few times to report that Zachary had run away and for fights that broke out between the brothers, according to details of call logs. One time, Lynda reported that Zachary had hit her, CNN said.
Details of the other calls involving Zachary were unclear. At least 19 of the 45 calls related to just Nikolas and one of the calls is ambiguous as to which boy it involved.
Zachary, now 18, was involuntarily committed for a psychiatric exam days after his half-brother, Nikolas, 19, allegedly went on a murderous rampage inside Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17.
Appearing to break his silence for the first time since the massacre, Zachary posted a photo Saturday of two smiling young boys embracing.
“Appreciate all the positive messages,” he wrote with heart emojis.
The sheriff’s office, on the other hand, has said it’s only received 23 calls to the Cruz home.
“In the interest of full transparency, we are making available the list of all 23 calls for service at the Cruz home. 18 involved Nikolas Cruz,” the Broward sheriff’s office tweeted last Friday.
“None appeared arrestable under Florida law. However, two of the calls remain under internal investigation.”
Broward authorities didn’t respond when asked by CNN to clarify the discrepancy between the number of calls — which increased in seriousness as years went on.
Between 2011 and 2014, Lynda reported to police fights between Zachary and Nikolas and two times when her elder son got violent when she took away his Xbox.
In November 2014, someone called police to report Nikolas shooting a chicken with a BB gun.
He admitted using an airsoft rifle but denied shooting the animal.
“Rifle was given to mother who locked it away,” a description of the disposition of the call said.
Three months later, an anonymous caller tipped off police that Nikolas “planned to shoot up the school on Instagram.” A description of the call noted that Cruz posted a picture of himself with guns and that there was a “one month time delay. Unknown high school Cruz lives in area.”
Cops determined that Nikolas “possessed knives and a BB gun” and the information was passed on to a Stoneman Douglas school resource officer.
In September 2016, a Stoneman Douglas school resource deputy told police that Nikolas possibly drank gasoline in a suicide attempt and was cutting himself.
“Cruz indicated he wished to purchase a gun for hunting and was in possession of items concerning hate related communications/symbols,” the records showed.
The high school said it would make a “threat assessment.” His therapist determined that he was “not currently a threat to himself or others” and didn’t need to be committed, CNN reported.
Police were also called twice last November.
On the first of the month, the day Lynda died, her cousin indicated that Nikolas had “rifles” and that a “close family friend agreed to take possession of firearms.”
On Nov. 30, a caller from Massachusetts reported that Nikolas “is collecting guns and knives” and wants to join the Army.
“Concerned he will kill himself on day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making,” the records showed.