2 Killed at Central Michigan University, Gunman ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Still At Large

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A manhunt is underway for a gunman who fatally shot two people inside a Michigan university dorm building early Friday morning.

Mount Pleasant officials are searching for James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old black man who opened fire inside Campbell Hall at Central Michigan University around 8:30 a.m. Police described the shooting as a “family-type domestic issue.”

James Eric Davis Jr., 19,  is considered “armed and dangerous.”

UPDATE: James Eric Davis, 19, was apprehended just after midnight Saturday, an officer with Mount Pleasant Public Safety told Detroit’s Fox 2.

 

UPDATE: The suspect is a black male and considered armed and dangerous. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Lt. Larry Klaus said surveillance video suggests that Davis fled on foot after the shooting.

Police declined to confirm a Detroit Free Press report citing unnamed sources that said the suspect had fatally shot his parents when they came to pick him up for spring break.

WJBK, citing Mt. Pleasant police, reported the victims were Diva and James Davis Sr., the suspect’s parents. The elder Davis was also a part-time police officer in Bellwood, Illinois, Bellwood Police Chief Jiminez Allen told the outlet.

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Central Michigan shooter from Plainfield, Illinois

The suspect, Eric Davis Jr. is from Plainfield, Illinois and graduated high school in 2016, according to spokesman Tom Hernandez of the Plainfield School District.

According to his Twitter page, Eric Davis Jr. was a sophomore at Central Michigan University slated to graduate in 2020.

Officials described Davis as being approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall. Davis was last seen wearing yellow-colored jeans and a blue hoodie with a weapon tucked in his belt. Officials said he may have shed certain clothes while on the run.

Klaus said Davis was taken to a local hospital Thursday night with a drug-related injury, possibly an overdose, but would not elaborate more.

Klaus said did not say what kind of weapon was used in the deadly shooting but said guns are banned at CMU. “We have a gun free policy on the campus,” he told NBC news.

Early on Friday, CMU posted on Twitter:

There has been a report of shots fired at Campbell Hall on campus. Suspect is still at large, police advise all to take shelter. If you see something suspicious, call 911.

Central Michigan University went on lockdown after students and faculty were sent emergency alerts around 9 a.m. on Friday.

Halie Byron, 20, said she locked herself in her off-campus house, about a 10-minute walk from Campbell Hall. She had planned to run errands before traveling home to the Detroit area.

“It’s scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere — a classroom, a library. There’s so much easy access,” Byron said.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he has been in contact with local police to “determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University.”

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.

Sen. Gary Peter said he was “deeply saddened” by another “tragic incident of gun violence.”

Deeply saddened to see another tragic incident of gun violence, this time in Michigan. I am heartbroken for the victims and praying for the safety of Mount Pleasant and @CMUniversity community as first responders work to apprehend the shooter.

Jordan Murphy, a longtime friend of Davis Sr., and said the two worked together as Illinois Army National Guard recruiters after being deployed together as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He said Davis, who went by Eric, brought his son to Murphy’s home on several occasions.
Lt. Col. Brad Leighton, public affairs director of the Illinois National Guard, said Davis Sr. served with the guard for 24 years before retiring in 2014.
Police warned the public not to a confront Davis.  Authorities said they suspected Davis was still in the central Michigan area.
CMU has more than 20,000 students and is one of the biggest universities in the country. Mount Pleasant is about 155 miles northwest of Detroit.

The shooting comes as the nation is still reeling from the Valentine’s Day massacre of 17 students at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, high school. 

Again, the issue remains about ‘gun free zones’ and the safety of our students, whether it’s an elementary school, middle or high school or university. Why would parents NOT want to protect their children or students in gun free zones? Students in schools are like sitting ducks for any criminal like Eric Davis Jr. or Nikolas Cruz.

It doesn’t matter if you are Black, White or Hispanic….as a student you are a sitting duck on campus and the criminals like Eric Davis Jr. and Nikolas Cruz know that!

When are parents going to realize schools need to be prepared? Teachers need to be armed. Gun control will NOT work.

That’s like saying if we take away alcohol or raise the age of drinking, that kids underage will not drink! Give me a frickin’ break! Any kid who wants to drink will find a way on college campus. And any kid who wants a gun or drugs will find a way too! Come on people! Wake up!

 

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