Michigan State Police are confirming that a student at Central Michigan University shot and killed his parents this morning in a residence hall at the school.
The suspect apparently fled the campus, which was locked down until mid-afternoon, when officers began clearing buildings and allowing students to leave. Many had already left the campus for spring break or were preparing for final classes before the break.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the student, who police have identified as James Eric Davis, Jr, was a sophomore at the university. Sources told the Free Press that Davis’ parents went to campus Friday morning to pick him up for spring break and were shot and killed.
CMU police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. There are no additional injuries; suspect is still at large: https://t.co/AxvPn3N0s0
— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018
The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5'10" & 135 lbs. He was last see wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach the suspect. Call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/dCChxe1Tfr
— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018
— Brendan Erskine (@CMUBamBam) March 2, 2018
MLive reports that the suspect had an encounter with police Thursday night and was taken to a local hospital:
Lt. Larry Klaus, with the CMU Police Department, said at a press conference that police on Thursday, made contact with James Eric Davis Jr. with what was believed to be a drug overdose or a reaction to drugs. Davis, who is suspected to have shot and killed two people inside Campbell Hall Friday morning, was taken to McLaren Hospital and turned over to staff there. He was released from the hospital Friday morning.
CMU has about 20,000 students and the campus is about two hours north of Detroit in Mount Pleasant, MI:
I grew up in Mount Pleasant, MI and I go to Mount Pleasant High School. My mom,dad,& sister (who currently attends) all went to Central Michigan University. Never would I imagine that something like this could happen so close to home.
— Madison Kennedy-Kequom (@MKequom) March 2, 2018
This is a developing story and College Media Network will continue to update it as more information becomes available.
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