UPDATE 2: The shooter, James Eric Davis Jr. was apprended just after midnight without incident after he was spotted riding a train near the North campus.
UPDATE: Two people killed on the campus of Central Michigan University on Friday are believed to be the suspect’s parents, James Davis, Sr. and his wife, Diva Davis. Police say Jame Davis Jr. shot them when they arrived on campus to pick him up for spring break. James Davis Sr. was a part-time officer with the Bellwood, Illinois Police Department where he worked for 20 years.
March 2, 2018 Police responded to calls of shots fired on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant on Friday morning. At least two people were shot and killed and the shooter, identified by campus police as James Eric Davis Jr., remains at large.
USA Today reports that at least two people were killed in the shooting. Michigan State Police have confirmed that a shooting took place on the fourth floor of a dormitory on the South campus of Campbell Hall. The victims were not students at the university. Police say the shooting was domestic related.
All schools in the area remain on lockdown. The city of Mount Pleasant, Michigan’s official website posted a description of the suspected shooter:
“The suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have taken off the blue hoodie. He is considered armed & dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach him. Call 911.”
Friday’s shooting comes two weeks after a deadly shooting on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that has sparked calls for stricter gun laws from students across the nation. Determined students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have already traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C. to make their case for stricter gun laws. They have organized a #NeverAgain movement including protests and marches and rallies that are engaging young people across the United States.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."