Florida Shooter’s Neighbor: I ‘Begged’ Police To Do Something

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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The neighbor of the Parkland, Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz claimed that she “begged” police to do something about his threatening behavior but was told there was nothing they could do.


In an interview with CNN, Joelle Guarino said she called police after her son showed her a series of concerning Instagram posts from the shooter about purchasing weapons and shooting up a school.

“I begged [the officer],” Guarino said. “And he basically told me that it was not an immediate threat so he couldn’t do anything.”

“I remember him leaving and just thinking, ‘My god, he’s going to kill something and I can do nothing about it.'”

The neighbor also told reporter Rosa Flores that growing up, Cruz engaged in behavior that suggested he had a proclivity for violence, such as killing small animals in her yard.

“She says that when she felt that she could see his darker side, she says that Cruz was standing over her dog as the dog was foaming and convulsing and he had this wild, eerie look about him,” Flores explained. “She said at that point she knew there was no turning back.”

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