Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Victims identified in CMU shooting as teen suspect's parents

Victims identified in CMU shooting as teen suspect's parents

Central Michigan University announced at 12:50 a.m., Saturday, that James Eric Davis Jr., the suspect who shot and killed his parents inside the campus, was caught and placed under custody.

The teen was spotted and reported "by an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight", according to a bulletin on the CMU Emergency Communication website. CMU says the victims are not students, and that police believe the shooting started with a domestic situation.

More than 100 police officers have been searching neighborhoods near the university for the student, who ran from the campus after the shootings. CMU did confirm that it was James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis of Bellwood, Illnois who were slain in the incident.

Central Michigan is in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, about 155 miles northwest of Detroit.

James Davis is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 135 lbs. More than 20,000 students are at the Mt.

Police told reporters that Davis had been at a local hospital the previous day for a drug-related situation, and then returned to campus, where the shooting took place.

"We were all just like confused as to why he did what he did", said Shelby Thompson, a CMU student. Earlier, though, police said they were in contact with Davis last night when they took him to the hospital for a drug-related incident.

SWAT teams have been going up and down Mount Pleasant streets all day talking to people about what they've seen and looking for suspect James Davis Jr.

That's according to Western Michigan University. Records show they're from Plainfield, Illinois. Pleasant, Central Michigan University police sent out an alert to students and faculty about shots fired on campus. Police are advising that parents picking up their children for spring break avoid campus and take shelter at a nearby hotel.

A student, Tyler Whipple, was driving through campus when his route was blocked off by police cars at the scene of the killings.

The shooting came amid a renewed debate over pervasive gun violence and law enforcement's role in stopping potential shooters, which was sparked when a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school two weeks ago.

Mt. Pleasant police said other schools in the area were locked down as a precaution.

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