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Shooting at Central Michigan University Claims Two Lives, Shooter at Large

Police are still looking for a 19 year-old suspect who they say killed his parents at residence hall on campus.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 10:51 AM
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 6:35 PM

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at Central Michigan University (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

Illinois authorities have confirmed that one of the two victims of the Central Michigan University shooting was a police officer.

Bellwood, Illinois, Mayor Andre Harvey says residents of the Chicago suburb are saddened by the death of James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis. Police suspect they were killed by their son James Davis Jr., a student at Central Michigan.

James Davis Sr. was a part-time police officer in Bellwood.

The shooting happened at a dormitory on a day when parents were picking up their children at Central Michigan for the start of a week-long spring break.

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6:20 p.m.

Two people killed at Central Michigan University have been identified as the parents of a 19-year-old student who is being sought by police.

The university says the shooting victims are James Davis Sr. and Diva (DEE'-va) Davis. Records show they're from Plainfield, Illinois.

More than 100 officers are searching Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for James Eric Davis Jr. The shooting occurred Friday around 8:30 a.m. at Central Michigan's Campbell Hall, a dormitory. Police say he fled on foot.

The university is about 70 miles north of Lansing, Michigan's state capital.

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4:20 p.m.

Police say they're starting to escort students and staff from buildings at Central Michigan University while they continue to search for a young man accused of killing two people.

School President George Ross says Friday is a "tragic day" for Central Michigan.

Police are searching for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois. Police declined to confirm news reports that the two victims shot at a residence hall were Davis' parents.

Parents who were traveling to the Mount Pleasant, Michigan, campus to pick up students for spring break were told to go to a local hotel instead.

A basketball game between Central Michigan and rival Western Michigan was postponed.

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12:30 p.m.

Police are asking for the public's help as they search for a 19-year-old man suspected of killing two people at Central Michigan University.

The shooting occurred in a residence hall Friday morning on the campus in Mount Pleasant. Police say neither victim was a student.

Lt. Larry Klaus says police are searching for James Eric Davis Jr. 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. His photo was released to the public. 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.

He didn't release the names of the victims.

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12 p.m.

Parents trying to pick up students following a fatal shooting at Central Michigan University are being asked to stay off campus.

The school says parents are being told to go to a local hotel in Mount Pleasant where staff would assist them.

The university says the Friday morning shooting occurred at a campus residence hall and killed two people who weren't students. The school says police are searching for a 19-year-old suspect who's considered armed and dangerous. Students are being told to take shelter.

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."

The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before spring break.

Students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave several buildings. Visitors also weren't being allowed to enter.

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10:50 a.m.

Police say two people who aren't students have been fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.

The school says police believe the Friday morning shooting "started from a domestic situation." Investigators are searching for a 19-year-old suspect who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The school is urging students to take shelter. It also says no other injuries have been reported.

The school posted an alert around 9:30 a.m. on its Facebook page about shots being fired at Campbell Hall. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students. The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before spring break.

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10 a.m.

School officials say police are responding to a report of shots fired at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.

The university said Friday morning that the report concerns Campbell Hall on its campus in Mount Pleasant. The university says the suspect is still at large, and police are urging students to take shelter.

The city says the male suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

The school released the information on its Facebook page around 9:30 a.m. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students Friday morning.

Central Michigan University has about 23,000 students in Mount Pleasant, which is about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of Lansing.

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