2 dead following shooting on CMU campus; suspect in custody

Multiple police agencies are searching for James Eric Davis Jr., who is considered as a person of interest in a deadly double shooting that took place at Central Michigan University. (Photo Credit: City of Mount Pleasant)

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. --


According to Isabella County Central Dispatch James Eric Davis Junior has been taken into custody.

According to Central Michigan University the suspect was seen and reported by an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight. Law enforcement personnel responded and arrested the suspect without incident.

Sources close to the investigation of Friday’s double homicide at Central Michigan University say a gun was found in the dorm where the shooting took place.

The gun was registered to one of the victim’s, suspect father James Davis Sr., but it is unclear yet if it is the same one used in the crime.

Those same law enforcement officials say suspect James Davis Jr. also dropped his cell phone on nearby railroad tracks where he left behind his clothes.

Davis is still on loose.

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The victims of the deadly double shooting that took place at Central Michigan University have been identified as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis.

The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.


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As of 4 p.m. Friday, James Eric Davis Jr., a person of interest in a deadly double shooting at Central Michigan University, is still at large.

Multiple police agencies are scouring the area north of campus.

However, police are asking for the community’s help to find him; if people in the community spot Davis Jr., they need to call 911 immediately.

While most students are being ushered from the campus at this time, students housed on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall are not allowed to leave because of an active investigation.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the two deceased individuals are the student’s parents.

However, Illinois State Representative Emanuel Welch has confirmed that James Davis Senior, along with his wife, Diva, were shot and killed Friday morning.

Davis Sr. was employed with Bellwood Police Department.

It’s also not been confirmed whether or not a weapon was found at the scene.

President Ross says counseling resources will be available to students, and that he encourages them to talk about their experiences.

He adds that there will be a review of safety policies and procedures as well.

Governor Snyder calls the shooting a traumatic incident and that the community and college campus must all rally together for the students.

Students are being shuttled to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St., to meet with families.

Buses are now rolling into Comfort Inn parking lot are carrying CMU students to reunite with parents.


Governor Rick Snyder has just arrived at the Central Michigan University campus ahead of a 4 p.m. news conference.

Snyder calls the deadly double shooting a " traumatic event for all the students and people who work here so we’re focused on the students and staff and how we can best support them."

Congressman John Moolenaar's district includes Central Michigan University.

He made the following statement on the incident:

"Today's tragedy breaks the hearts of everyone who is a part of the CMU community. I know the university works hard to ensure a safe learning environment for all of its students, faculty and staff. State, local and tribal law enforcement is doing everything it can to apprehend the suspect and protect the community."

Students are being ushered off campus at this time.


Here's the latest information about the Central Michigan University shooting that left two people dead:

Police are looking for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr, because they consider him as a person of interest.

No students, faculty or staff were injured during the shooting.

The two victims were found dead in Campbell Residence Hall.

However, the school will remain in lockdown, and students who are on campus are asked to shelter in place.

Police are referring to the shooting as a “domestic-style” incident, and say that they had contact with Davis Jr. Thursday evening.

Police also say that Davis Jr. was taken to a local hospital that evening as well due to a drug-related incident.

Davis Jr. was last seen running northbound from the Towers Apartment Complex.

Several articles of clothing have been found strewn along railroad tracks in that area.

Multiple police agencies are still actively trying to locate Davis Jr.

Police believe that Davis Jr. could still be in the city limits.


It's confirmed that the person of interest, James Eric Davis Jr. was listed as a sophomore at Central Michigan University.


Two people are dead following a shooting at Campbell Hall on campus.

The deceased individuals are not students.

Police believe that the situation started out as a domestic situation.

CMU says that 19-year old James Eric Davis, Jr., according to an alert on their website.

Mutiple police agencies are searching the area.


Michigan State Police say that two people have been shot on the Central Michigan University campus.

Police say the suspect is described as a black male wearing mustard-colored pants and a blue hoodie with short black hair.

He’s considered to be armed and dangerous.

If you spot the suspect, call 911 immediately.

Students and others on campus are being instructed to take shelter.

Special agents from the ATF are en route to CMU to assist in a shooting incident that happened at a campus dorm.

Our Sarah Jaeger is on scene.


According to Central Michigan University Dispatch, an emergency alert was sent to students about an incident at Campbell Hall.

This is in the Towers Dorm Complex, on the west side of campus. It's the largest student dorm complex on campus.

Campus police are urging people to stay away from Campbell Hall.

There is a large police presence at the dorm. NBC25/FOX66 News has crews on the way and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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