Teen suspected of 'killing parents' in university shooting arrested
- Author: Ryan Wade Mar 06, 2018,
Mar 06, 2018, 2:03
James Davis Jr is understood to have pulled the gun on his own mum and dad, named as James Davis Snr and his wife Diva, at his halls of residence on Friday.
Bellwood Police Chief Jiminez Allen on Friday called it "a very hard time" for the department.
The suspect in the fatal shooting of two people at Central Michigan University is now in custody, the school said early Saturday.
More than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, had searched neighbourhoods near Central Michigan University following the shooting. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP) Authorities gather on the campus of Central Michigan University during a search for a suspect, in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Friday, March 2, 2018.
Friday's shooting at Campbell Hall happened on a day when parents were arriving to pick up students for the beginning of a week-long spring break.
National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Brad Leighton says Eric Davis Sr. served in the Army National Guard for 24 years and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, the year the war started, as a truck driver. Records show they're from Plainfield, Illinois. James Eric Davis Jr. was arrested after someone saw him on train tracks shortly after midnight. An officer then spoke to Davis' mother, Diva Davis, told them about her son's behavior, their concerns about possible drug use and asked her whether he had a history of drug use, Yeagley said.
The university is about 70 miles north of Lansing, Michigan's state capital.
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CMU President George E. Ross thanked the police and the people of the community who worked in harmony to apprehend the suspect.
Larry Klaus earlier identified the suspect as James Eric Davis Jr. The game was postponed to 11 a.m. Saturday at Northwood University. Police say neither victim was a student. He is considered armed & risky. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. His photo was released to the public. "If you see something suspicious, call 911".
He didn't release the names of the victims. Parents who were trying to pick up students were told instead to go to a local hotel where staff would assist them while the manhunt was ongoing.
In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings.
19, was identified as a suspect in what authorities said was a family-related domestic dispute. The university, which has about 23,000 students, urged students to take shelter.
"It's scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere - a classroom, a library".
Friday was the last day of classes before Spring Break. More than 20,000 students are at the Mount Pleasant campus. Visitors also weren't being allowed to enter.
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"This was a awful incident, it was an isolated incident, but we had two people that were killed in a residence facility", Gov. Rick Snyder, R, said at a Friday press conference.
He was described by the CMU Police as a 5-foot-10 African-American man, weighing around 135 pounds.
There were no other injuries in the shooting, according to the school's website.
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"Mr. Davis was not ever reported, and we had no interaction that we're aware of with him in any negative fashion with anybody prior to this incident", he said.
The suspect was still at large and considered armed and risky.
The shooting took place on the fourth floor of the dorm at 8:30 a.m. EST.
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The campus was on lockdown Friday morning and students posted on social media images of their barricaded dorm room doors and video of the school's alert message.