MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) (3/2/2018) - Lawmakers and politicians from around Michigan are offering reactions to Friday morning's double homicide on the campus of Central Michigan University.
James Eric Davis Jr. is accused of shooting his parents to death in Campbell Hall in the Towers residence complex when the came to pick him up for spring break.
State Rep. Roger Hauck, Republican from Union Township
“I want to thank our brave local law enforcement, the Michigan State Police and school officials for acting swiftly to protect students and staff at Central Michigan University. Right now, law enforcement officials are working to apprehend the suspect and bring this sad situation to an end. While we are still learning the facts, I will confidently say that the violence we are seeing in our communities and across the country is heartbreaking and must end. Let us all find the courage to change our hearts and come together.”
State Sen. Judy Emmons, a Republican from Sheridan
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the shooting today at Central Michigan University. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by this tragedy.
“I want to thank campus, city, county, state and tribal law enforcement agencies for their quick response to help protect the students and the entire community.”
U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Republican from Midland
"Today's tragedy breaks the hearts of everyone who is a part of the CMU community. I know the university works hard to ensure a safe learning environment for all of its students, faculty and staff. State, local and tribal law enforcement is doing everything it can to apprehend the suspect and protect the community."
State Sen. Chris Welch, a Democrat from Westchester, Ill.
"The shooting at Central Michigan University today strikes close to home. A sad day in Bellwood and across the 7th District. My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. and his wife who were shot and killed this morning. May they RIP."
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Democratic candidate for governor
“This morning, I was horrified to learn that Central Michigan University is the latest place of learning to fall victim to the epidemic of gun violence in our society. Two people were gunned down - two Michiganders whose lives were cut short. And our hearts go out to their families and the people whose lives will be unalterably affected by this loss. The victims, their loved ones, and the thousands of students who were forced to hide - fearing for their lives - deserved better from us.
"This is the 19th shooting at place of learning in America this year. It’s March. Parents are scared to send their children off to school. Our leaders have refused to do anything about it. We are done waiting for a group of politicians, who have been silent for so many years, to finally take a stand to make our children safer. Our campaign has created a list of gun safety commitments, six concrete steps to curb gun violence and make it harder to deadly weapons to fall into the wrong hands that we believe need to be enacted now. Thoughts are useless without action, and prayers are empty without resolve.”