Brother of suspected Florida shooter arrested at high school


Broward County Sheriff's Office (PARKLAND, Fla.) - The brother of Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been arrested for allegedly trespassing on the school grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

School officials and a sheriff's deputy recommended he be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation.

According to The Chicago Tribune, a commitment under the law would have made it more hard if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally.

The papers also reveal that Cruz told a classmate he wanted to buy a gun and use it, that he wrote "kill" in his notebook and cut his arm because he was angry after he broke up with his girlfriend.

This is a developing story.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with carrying out the massacre at the high school in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Clinicians had repeatedly concluded that the Baker Act would not justify committing Mr. Cruz because he denied having an intent or a plan to hurt himself or others.

He was being held at the same Broward County jail in downtown Fort Lauderdale where his brother is being held, jail records on Monday night showed.

Cruz could have forcibly been committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act.

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He had been warned by school officials to keep away from the school, the report said.

An involuntary commitment for a mental health examination, as was recommended, could act as a complete barrier towards buying a gun.

The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Zachary Cruz had legal representation.

Investigators are still working to determine how Cruz was able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle past year, despite numerous red flags.

Lynda Cruz, Cruz's mother who died in November, expressed in the documents she was anxious about her son's mental state after he punched holes in the walls of their Parkland home.

Mr. Cruz denied telling another student that he wanted to use a gun or that he had ingested gasoline, the documents say.

Cruz, 19, is charged in a 34-count indictment with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in the attack. The alleged trespassing was captured on CCTV, the report states. Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty if he is convicted. "(Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up". He resided in the Lantana, Florida-area, which is about 40 miles north of Parkland in Palm Beach County, along with his brother and a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps.

Again, very little was done.