Suspect sought in double-fatal shooting at Central Michigan

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) – Authorities are searching for a suspect in a double-fatal shooting on Central Michigan’s campus Friday.

Central Michigan University says two people were shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. inside a dorm room at Campbell Hall. The deceased were not students and investigators believe the incident stemmed from a domestic situation. Unnamed sources told the Detroit Free Press the suspect shot his parents when they came to pick him up for spring break.

Students and staff are being told to shelter in place while authorities investigate.

Authorities are actively searching for James Eric Davis Jr. – who is approximately 19 years old, 5-foot-10 and 135 pounds – within the Mount Pleasant city limits. He was last seen wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He has been named as a suspect in the shooting.

Davis should be considered armed and dangerous. Police are asking the community to call 911 if they see him.

Central Michigan police said officers had contact with Davis Thursday night when they took him to the hospital for a drug-related issue. He was released from the hospital Friday morning.

Parents picking up students for spring break are being asked to stay off campus and go to the Comfort Inn, located at 2424 S. Mission Street, where university staff will be on site.

Isabella County Central Dispatch confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 all schools in the Mount Pleasant area are on lockdown.

Gov. Rick Snyder tweeted he is in contact with Michigan State Police about the situation at Central Michigan University.

“The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift action,” he tweeted.

Western Michigan University’s athletic director said all members of the men’s basketball team, which was in Mount Pleasant for a game Friday night, are safe. Team members and coaching staff are together at an area hotel where they will remain until the situation is resolved.

The Western Michigan at Central Michigan men’s basketball game scheduled for Friday has been postponed, according to CMU men’s basketball official Twitter account.

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