Nikolas Cruz’s younger brother forcibly committed to a mental hospital after shooting

Zachary Cruz, the younger brother of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz, was committed to a psychiatric facility two days after the tragic Valentine’s Day rampage.

Authorities removed Zachary from the home of Rocxanne Deschamps on Friday, according to the Palm Beach Post. Zachary and Nikolas began living with Deschamps in her Lantana, Florida, mobile home shortly after their mom died of pneumonia in November 2017.

Nikolas Cruz at his arraignment February 18, 2018. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Zachary, who turns 18 next week, was involuntarily committed to the mental health facility under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows the hospital to forcibly hold someone for a psychiatric exam for up to 12 hours. It is unknown if the boy has been released by now.

Deschamps allegedly kicked Nikolas Cruz out of their home around Thanksgiving following an argument over his gun.

“He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps (see her mugshot below) wrote on Facebook. “Violence and gun not accepted in my house.” She has since deleted the post.

A family friend said Deschamps gave Cruz an ultimatum. Cruz “chose the gun and he left,” while his younger brother stayed.

Nikolas then moved in with James and Kimberly Snead and their 17-year-old son, and that’s where he hatched his murderous plot.

Facebook: James and Kimberly Snead

At this point, there are more questions than answers as to what fueled Nikolas Cruz’s deadly rampage. Cruz, 19, was an orphan when he committed the mass shootings, and reportedly had a history of mental illness and trouble in school.

It’s unclear what exactly triggered his breakdown. It’s also unclear why the FBI failed to follow up on credible tips that Cruz was homicidal and even bragged about wanting to be a “professional school shooter.”

Meanwhile, Peter Strzok — the deputy director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division — and his mistress Lisa Page, an FBI attorney, found time to exchange more than 50,000 text messages slamming President Trump while working together on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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