Police: Central Michigan University student shot parents to death in dorm

James Eric Davis Jr.
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MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (3/2/2018) – Several law enforcement sources confirmed a Central Michigan University student shot his parents to death Friday when they came to pick him up for spring break.

The shooting took place around 9:30 a.m. in Campbell Hall, which is part of the Towers residence halls on the west side of campus. Nobody else was injured besides the two people who died.

Authorities were looking for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. He was last seen running north from the scene.

He is a 19-year-old black male who 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.

He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees the suspect, do not approach him and call 911 immediately.

Central Michigan University and Mt. Pleasant police confirmed that they had contact with Davis on Thursday evening related to some kind of dangerous drug interaction and medical situation. The incident was possibly a drug overdose.

Davis was taken to a Mt. Pleasant hospital and released.

Police did not disclose what led up to the shooting. The parents' bodies were found inside Campbell Hall, but they could not confirm whether Davis was a resident there.

Surveillance cameras captured footage of Davis running out the north doors of the Towers residence complex and running onto nearby railroad tracks. Police found clothing possibly belonging to Davis laying on the tracks.

Authorities were conducting a wide-ranging search around Mt. Pleasant into Friday afternoon. Tactical officers and K-9 teams were going door-to-door in some neighborhoods and searching wooded areas in the area of High Street.

Police urged everyone in Mt. Pleasant to stay indoors and away from the campus while the search for Davis continued.

All of the dorms and classrooms, as well as Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, were put on lockdown. Police say students should take shelter and call 911 if they see something suspicious.

Staff and students who were still on campus Friday were sheltering in place all over. Some were huddled in closets and locked classrooms while police searched for the suspect.

Friday was a light day on campus with the start of spring break. Many parents were coming to campus to pick up students and few classes were being held.

There was an eerie silence and calmness around the campus with very few people walking around outdoors.

Anyone planning to come to campus on Friday to pick up students for spring break should avoid the area. CMU officials were directing people to go to the Comfort Inn at 2424 S. Mission St., where staff members will support families.

The Western Michigan at Central Michigan men's basketball game scheduled for this evening has been postponed, CMU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said.

The game will be rescheduled and details will be announced once they are confirmed.

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