Police are still searching for a gunman who reportedly killed two people at Central Michigan University early Friday morning, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Both victims were not students, the report stated, and are believed to be the alleged shooter’s parents. Authorities believe a domestic dispute led to the shooting that took place on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall, a coed residence hall.
Who is the suspect?
The suspect was identified as James Eric Davis Jr., who is about 19 years old, 5-feet-10 and weighs 135 pounds, according to law enforcement. He was last seen wearing mustard-colored pants and a blue hoodie while running along the railroad tracks located north of the dorm.
Pictures of Central Michigan University shooting suspect James Davis Jr. Still on the loose after allegedly shooting his parents on campus this morning. If you see him, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. @WWJ950 pic.twitter.com/E4khPUPwt2
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CMU police reported having contact with Davis Thursday night, according to the Free Press. He was transported to a local hospital and released Friday morning.
What about the CMU campus?
The entire CMU campus and the surrounding city of Mount Pleasant are on lock down until police complete a search of the area.
Campus classes were cancelled for the rest of the day.
School leaders also canceled the Friday night basketball game between CMU and Western Michigan University, WEYI-TV reported. All teams members were reportedly on campus but safe.
CMU has about 25,000 students and is located in Mount Pleasant, about an hour north of Lansing, and 2 1/2 hours northwest of Detroit.
Friday is the last day before spring break, and many students have already left campus, reports stated.
CMU advised that no one should enter the campus until further notice. Parents attempting to pick up students for spring break are being directed to go to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St., where university staff is on-site.
How does this shooting relate to the Florida shooting?
The CMU shooting comes less than a month after 17 people were killed during a Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The tragedy reignited a gun safety debate about what can be done to prevent future attacks.
On Sunday, CMU’s student newspaper published an article on safety during a live shooting, in response to the Florida shooting:
Police officers’ emergency training has not been applied to real life situations of late. In 2013, an Isabella County man, Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, abducted a Grand Rapids-area student at gunpoint outside the Student Activity Center. Ramsey was killed by police in Crawford County and the student was aided by a family in a home on South Mission Street.
CMU Police Department Lt. Larry Klaus stated in the story that was the last significant gun threat on the campus.
“It’s a safe community,” Klaus said. “It’s a safe campus.”