Michigan university: 2 dead after shooting, suspect still at-large

By Spectrum News Staff,
Last Updated: Friday, March 02, 2018, 8:46 PM EST

Two people have died following a shooting at the Central Michigan University on Friday morning, the university confirmed.

  • Two who died are not students
  • Authorities continue to search for suspect 
  • Suspect considered armed, dangerous

More than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, searched neighborhoods near Central Michigan University for 19-year-old student James Eric Davis, Jr., who is suspected of killing his parents at a dormitory and then running from campus.

The search for Davis is still ongoing, the university stated on its website, and authorities will continue to search for him throughout the campus and community through Friday night.

The alleged gunman is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous, the university and the Mount Pleasant's city government reported.

Campus police identified and released a photo of Davis during an afternoon news conference. Lt. Larry Klaus said surveillance video suggests he fled on foot after the 8:30 a.m. shooting at Campbell Hall.

Klaus said anyone who sees Davis shouldn’t confront him, but needs to call 911. The school, which has about 23,000 students, urged everyone on campus to take shelter.

“He should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Klaus, adding that Davis was wearing a black hoodie but had been shedding certain clothes while on the run.

Klaus said Davis was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose. No other details were released.

The Mount Pleasant's city government Twitter account advised that people should be aware of their surroundings.

On its Facebook page, the government also stated that, "City buildings are currently locked down and not accessible to the general public."

The university's student government also advised people to stay inside.

The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before spring break at the Mount Pleasant campus, which is about 70 miles north of Lansing.

There are about 23,000 students at the Mount Pleasant university, which is about two hours northwest of Detroit. 

In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.