Central Michigan University police confirm two parents were fatally shot on campus this morning while visiting their son on the last day of classes before spring break.
The Central Michigan University Police Department has identified the victims in this morning’s campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis.
The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr who remains at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Multiple police agencies – more than 100 officers – continue to search for the suspect.
All planned campus events and activities are cancelled until further notice. Classes at the Mount Pleasant campus scheduled for Saturday, March 3, are cancelled.
Davis Sr. was a police officer in west suburban Bellwood and an Illinois National Guard veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Diva Davis’s Facebook page identified her as a real estate broker; friends said she was also a breast cancer survivor who had also worked as a flight attendant.
People who knew the family called Davis Jr. “respectful” and “a good kid” and his parents “upstanding,” and said they saw no obvious signs of trouble with the teenager, who was a sophomore at the school in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
The parents were reportedly picking up their son from college for spring break when the shooting happened inside a residence hall on campus. The school says police believe the shooting “started from a domestic situation”.
Lt. Larry Klaus of the campus police department said the suspected killer was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose. Authorities did not elaborate.
The attack at CMU is the latest in a recent spate of school shootings across the US.
On Thursday, 13-year-old Keith Simons walked into Jackson Memorial Middle School in Ohio with a rifle, 80 rounds of ammunition and fireworks on February 20.
The teen emerged from a middle school lavatory with a semi-automatic weapon, intent on committing a mass shooting. Instead, Simons, who idolized Columbine mass shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot himself dead in the bathrooms of Jackson Memorial Middle School, in Ohio, on February 20.
Police revealed he’d been thinking about shooting up his school for months but had been moved to take action by the on February 14 shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17, mostly students.
The Florida massacre prompted a renewed debate on gun control regulations in the US.
President Donald Trump, a member of the Republican party that is typically against gun control measures, turned heads on Thursday by ridiculing legislators for their lack of action on mass shootings.
Trump hit a nerve with gun-rights advocates after suggesting firearms should be confiscated from potentially dangerous people without a court’s approval, remarks that raised concerns among conservatives about his respect for the concept of due process.
“I like taking the guns early,” Trump said during a televised meeting on gun laws at the White House on Wednesday. “To go to court would have taken a long time.”
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