Police officers visited the home of the Florida school shooter 39 times in just seven years.
The information was gleaned from police records.
The details of all of the calls weren’t revealed.
But KTLA reported that the calls included, at one time or another, the phrases “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance,” and “missing person.”
The calls all happened in 2010 or later.
And a former classmate, Brody Speno, told CNN that the police seemed to be at Nikolas Cruz’s house, “almost every other week.”
“Something wasn’t right about him,” Speno said. “He was off.”
Indeed, another acquaintance told the broadcaster that Cruz used to introduce himself using a chilling joke.
“Hi, I’m Nick,” he used to say. “I’m a school shooter.”
Cruz left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, north of Miami, on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Cruz was arrested, charged on Thursday, and admitted his guilt, according to officials.
The neighbors of Cruz and his adopted parents said they also sensed something was off.
There were a number of incidents they recalled, including one time when he was in the backyard with a bb gun.
“I said ‘mom it looks like he’s shooting at something,’” neighbor Sophie Speno told Reuters. “The people who live behind us they have chickens and he was shooting at the chickens so my mom called the cops and they were great they came and took care of it and we didn’t have to deal with it after that.”
“He’d steal other neighbors’ mail, the cops were always at his house, he actually egged my car one time and we went out to go find out who did it and he was hiding in a bush and started pelting eggs at my friend and we chased him down,” Brody Speno added to the agency.
“He’s always been causing trouble.”