Suspected CMU shooter remains hospitalized

MT. PLEASANT (WJRT) - (03/05/18) - Central Michigan University leaders are working to return to business as usual, while at the same time supporting students and staff after Friday's murder and manhunt.

Monday afternoon James Eric Davis Jr. remained in the hospital where he was taken after police caught him early Saturday morning.

Davis has not faced an Isabella County judge yet, but an arrest warrant has been issued charging him with two counts of open murder and one count of felony firearm.

Central Michigan University Police, the lead agency in the double murder, believe Davis Jr. shot and killed his parents, James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis, in his Campbell Hall dorm room Friday morning. Police said he used a gun registered to Davis Sr. who was a part-time police officer in Illinois. Police have not said if the gun was his service weapon or a personal handgun.

While many students are on spring break this week, those who remain say their sense of security has been shattered.

"As soon as I got out of my car, my heart just sank. Like I didn't know how much of an effect it was going to have on me until I got here, because this is like a second home to me," said Aaron Wittbrodt, a CMU junior who returned to work Monday morning.

Wittbrodt said he was still a little on-edge after what he described as a "terrifying" experience. He said you never expect something like this to happen in your community.

Police continued to investigate Monday as well.

We spotted Michigan State Police troopers in the area of W. Maple Street and Oak Street.

It's near the area where Davis Jr. was found.

Police told us MSP, which is an assisting agency, was doing follow up investigation as they work to figure out where Davis Jr. was all day Friday. They were looking to make sure they didn't miss anything, according to sources.

We talked to one student who lives in the neighborhood.

While she wasn't home when the manhunt started Friday, she did return that night. She was concerned to see more police in her neighborhood.

But she did add this sad situation did show her something she didn't expect.

"Definitely shows you like who cares about you, because I know I can speak for most people, they like, especially students, they got a bunch of text and calls asking if you're okay, so at least it brought people together," said Phoenix Haller, a CMU senior.

CMU has offered counseling services to those impacted. The information is posted below.

In addition, anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to give to the CMU Counseling Center.

-Students seeking counseling services during Spring Break may contact the Listening Ear crisis line, a local, 24-hour referral line at 989-772-2918.

-The CMU Counseling Center, in Foust 102, is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be contacted at 989-774-3381. Students can call or come to the center to make an appointment. Appointments are available daily for concerns requiring immediate attention.

- Individuals who have concerns about the emotional well-being of a member of the CMU community may submit a Care Report.

- Employee assistance through Encompass is available 24/7 at 800-788-8630 and online.

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