Central Michigan students, staff allowed to leave campus after double homicide

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (3/2/2018) - Students and staff were being allowed to leave buildings at Central Michigan University on Friday afternoon while the search for a double murder suspect continued.

The Central Michigan University Police Department allowed staff and students who had been locked down inside residence halls and classroom buildings to leave around 3 p.m.

They had been locked down since a student allegedly shot and killed his parents on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall in the Towers residence hall complex on the west side of campus around 9:30 a.m.

A statement from Central Michigan officials says police officers were assisting staff and students in leaving buildings on campus. Officers were going building to building letting people out.

Anyone on campus was asked to wait for police officers to contact them before leaving buildings.

Campbell Hall was reopened except for the fourth floor, where the shooting took place.

Friday was the start of spring break for Central Michigan students, so they were eager to leave the campus. Dozens of parents also were on campus to pick up students.

Students in residence halls may stay on campus or can leave with assistance from uniformed officers. Anyone trying to enter a residence hall needs a valid CMU student ID.

Police say 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. shot and killed his parents when they arrived on the fourth floor to pick him up. Davis Jr. then fled the scene on foot, running along some railroad tracks near the campus.

He is approximately 5-foot-10 and 135 pounds. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have taken off the blue hoodie.

Central Michigan police, the Michigan State Police, Mount Pleasant Department of Public Safety, FBI and other authorities were actively searching for Davis Jr. north of the campus.

Police believe Davis Jr. is still in Mount Pleasant somewhere. Tactical units and K-9 teams were seen actively searching a wide area around High Street, even going door to door in some neighborhoods.

All of Central Michigan's campus was on lockdown for about six hours Friday. Mount Pleasant Public Schools also were placed on lockdown during the search.

Police urged everyone in Mount Pleasant to remain indoors and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.

Authorities consider Davis armed and dangerous. Police say anyone who sees him to should avoid contact and call 911 immediately.

Parents coming to pick up students at the university were being directed to the Comfort Inn & Suites at 2424 S. Mission Road, where students were being bused from campus.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Central Michigan University President George Ross also were there meeting with students and parents Friday.

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