Michigan police have released a photo of the suspect who allegedly shot and killed his parents at Central Michigan University on Friday morning, March 2.
James Eric Davis, Jr., 19, is accused of the killings. WLIX later reported that Davis shot both of his parents, and he was a sophomore attending class at CMU.
Michigan State Police lent their helicopter, K9 units, as well as other emergency resources to locate him.
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Officials said that Davis is about 5 foot 9 inches tall and black. He was wearing a blue hoodie and yellow-colored jeans. He was seen with a weapon in his belt.
Davis had been taken to a nearby hospital Thursday night on a drug-related injury. Officials, however, said he didn’t have a criminal record, Fox News reported.
On Friday, Davis was described by officials as “armed and dangerous.”
I am in constant contact with @MichStatePolice as they work w/local law enforcement to determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University. The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift action.
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“We believe this situation was a domestic type incident,” Lt. Larry Klaus of the CMU campus police told NBC News. “He was last seen running in a northbound direction.”
“We believe the subject is in the city limits now,” added officer Jeff Brown of the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
A motive for the shooting wasn’t given by officials.
The university went on lockdown after emergency alerts were sent out to staff and students at around 9 a.m. At around 8:30 a.m., gunfire occurred on the fourth floor of the Campbell Hall dorm at the university, police said.
A shooting at Central Michigan University.
My sister goes there… Pray for me, guys. Please…
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Klaus told NBC that it’s not clear what kind of gun Davis allegedly used in the shooting. He noted, however, that guns are banned on campus.
“We have a gun free policy on the campus,” he said.
CMU, located in Mount Pleasant, which is around 150 miles north of Detroit, has more than 23,000 students and is one of the largest in the United States.
Classes have been canceled for the rest of the day, WLIX reported. A “shelter in place” order was initiated on campus.