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CMU student suspected of fatally shooting parents in his dorm room. Father was police officer.

Mar 2, 2018

Police released this photograph of James Eric Davis Jr. He is a suspect in the fatal shooting at CMU
Credit CMU police department

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.

While it has not been confirmed by officials at Central Michigan University, the Bellwood, Illinois police department says the victims of today's shootings were the parents of suspect James Eric Davis Jr.
 

"Our hearts go out to the family of Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. and his wife who were shot and killed this morning during the Central Michigan University tragedy," the department posted on its Facebook page.

Bellwood is a village just west of Chicago. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith spoke with a friend of the suspected shooter. He told her Davis Jr. was from the Plainfield, Illinois. A public records search showed that he attended high school in Plainfield.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. 

The search continues in Mount Pleasant for suspected shooter James Eric Davis Jr., but campus police are now escorting students from their lockdown positions. 

Campbell Hall, where the shooting took place, has re-opened, with the exception of the fourth floor. Students presenting proper identification are being allowed to return to their dorm rooms.

Today was the last day of classes at CMU before Spring Break.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m.

CMU police have released a photograph of suspect James Eric Davis Jr.

He is believed to have shot his parents in his dorm room in Campbell Hall this morning.

Davis remains at large and the university continues to be on lockdown. Parents are being asked not to go to campus to pick up students.

Lt. Larry Klaus says surveillance footage shows the young man fled on foot. He's considered armed and dangerous.

Klaus says Davis was wearing a black hoodie but apparently has been shedding certain clothes since the shooting around 8:30 a.m. Anyone who sees him is asked not to confront him, but to call 911.

Klaus says Davis was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose.

One student says she locked herself in her off-campus house that's about a 10-minute walk from the residence hall. She says it's "scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere."

UPDATE: 10:43 a.m.

Central Michigan University police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation.

There are no additional injuries.

Campus is on lockdown as the suspect is still at large.

The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5'10" and 135 lbs.

Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Police are directing people to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support the families.

CMU police are working closely with local and state police.

ORIGINAL POST: 9:40 a.m.

The campus of Central Michigan University is currently on lockdown following reports of a shooting on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall, a residence hall on the southwest end of campus.

Michigan State Police say two individuals have been shot. The extent of any injuries are not yet known.

The city of Mount Pleasant public safety department says the suspect is a black male and remains at large.

Reporters from public radio station WCMU say it appears the suspect traveled north after leaving the residence hall where the shooting occurred. A manhunt is now underway. SWAT Team and FBI are on the scene.

Campbell Hall consists of four person, single bedroom, two bathroom suites, according to the University's website.

According to CMU police, students and employees are being told to shelter in place.

Central Michigan has about 23,000 students.

This is a developing story, we will provide more information as it becomes available and is confirmed.