Germania Rodriguez — Daily Mail Feb 18, 2018
The younger brother of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz has been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, according to reports.
Zachary, who turns 18 next week, was removed from his Lantana home on Friday, days after his brother gunned down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, sources close to the investigation confirmed to the Palm Beach Post.
He was taken to a mental health facility for treatment under the Baker Act, which allows an individual to be temporarily detained for mental health evaluation either on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
The Act allows minors to be held for up to 12 hours, but whether Zachary has been released remains unclear.
The Cruz brothers moved into family-friend Rocxanne Deschamps’ mobile home in Lantana around Thanksgiving, after their adoptive mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on November 1.
But Nikolas decided to move to northern Broward County with James and Kimberly Snead and their 17-year-old son after Deschamps told him he couldn’t have his gun inside her house.
‘Violence and gun not accepted in my house,’ she wrote in a now-deleted Facebook comment.
Zachary, however, had stayed at Deschamps’ home, according to the Sneads’ lawyer Jim Lewis.
Nikolas was still living at the Sneads’ home when he went on a murderous rampage on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 and injuring 15.
The Sneads allowed the shooter to keep the gun in their home, as long as it was kept in a locked cabinet to which he had the key, Lewis said.
Whether that gun is the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle he used to kill 17 people remains unclear.