Woman who watched over Parkland gunman says she tried to warn police
MIAMI (AP) - The Florida woman who watched over the teen suspected of killing 17 people at a Florida school says she did everything she could to warn law enforcement about him several months before the shooting.
Rocxanne Deschamps spoke publicly for the first time since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a Tuesday news conference in New York.
Deschamps described being neighbors with the Cruz family in Parkland and how her son played with Nikolas Cruz and his brother.
Just before Lynda Cruz died suddenly last November, Deschamps promised to take care of the boys.
Knowing Nicholas Cruz had mental issues and obsessions with weapons, Deschamps says she implored him to get professional help and take medication but he refused. Her calls to police about suspect behavior resulted in no action. He eventually moved in with another family when Deschamps said she told him to choose between his guns and her home.