Some wanted Parkland shooting suspect committed in 2016

A student’s best friend

The Newnan Times-Herald

The recommendation was never acted upon, reports revealed. The Palm Beach Post reports that before the February 14 shootings, the Cruz brothers lived with family friend Roxanne Deschamps in a mobile home near Lantana, in Palm Beach County. Such a commitment would have made it more hard, if not impossible, for Cruz to have legally obtained a gun such as the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the shooting.

The documents, provided by Henderson Behavioral Health as part of Cruz's case, were part of a psychological assessment that began after Cruz's since-deceased mother, Lynda, discovered that he had punched holes in the wall at home.

Officials in Parkland, Florida, were so anxious about Nikolas Cruz's mental stability that they decided he should be forcibly committed.

Cruz reportedly told the deputies he went to the campus because he wanted "to reflect on the school shooting and soak it in", an arrest report obtained by the newspaper says.

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

Jail records didn't immediately list an attorney for Zachary Cruz.

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

Disgraced former Broward Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson is embroiled in further questions about his handling of last month's school shooting.

Zachary Cruz, 18, who was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, allegedly rode his skateboard through school grounds, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

He faces the death penalty if convicted, but defence lawyer Melisa McNeill said he would plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence.

Some of the details in this report, including Cruz cutting himself and drinking gasoline, are not new. (Cruz) states that he cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen.

He also told the clinician he owned only a pellet gun and was not capable of doing "serious harm" to anyone.

Again, very little was done.

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