The younger brother of suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz has been sectioned, it has been reported.
The youngster, who turns 18 next week, has not been named because he is underage but sources have told local media he has been committed to a mental health facility for observation.
He is being held under under what is known as the Baker Act which allows a minor to be held and examined for up to 12 hours.
A source close to Rocxanne Deschamps, who took Cruz and his brother in after their adoptive parents died on November 1, told the Palm Beach Post the teenager had been taken to the facility for involuntary treatment.
After taking the pair in, Deschamps had given Cruz an ultimatum, telling him he couldn’t bring his gun into the house.
Friend Chad Bennett said Cruz ‘chose the gun and he left’ the home on Thanksgiving and moved in with a family in northwest Broward, who made him keep a gun locked in a cabinet.
His brother continued to live at the mobile home in Lantana, Florida, which is where he authorities ‘removed’ him, according to the paper.
Cruz, 19, as been formally charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the Valentine’s Day massacre in Florida.
He is said to have walked into his former school armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and started shooting dozens of people.
It is the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years.
Fifteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Police say Cruz, equipped with a gas mask, smoke grenades and multiple magazines of ammunition, opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets.
Cruz’s mother Lynda Cruz died of pneumonia on Nov. 1 according to the Sun Sentinel.
Lynda Cruz and her husband, who died of a heart attack several years ago, adopted Nikolas and his biological brother, Zachary, after the couple moved from Long Island in New York to Broward County.
Authorities offered no immediate details about Cruz or his possible motive, except to say that he had been kicked out of the high school, which has about 3,000 students.