MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — During an Friday morning news conference, police in Michigan said they continue to look for the gunman who allegedly killed his parents in what police believe began as a “domestic dispute” inside Central Michigan University’s Campbell Hall.
Police have asked people in the Mount Pleasant community, population approximately 26,000, to stay indoors and be alert for the suspect, identified as James Eric Davis, Jr.
They say Davis is approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” and 135 lbs.
Lt. Larry Klaus from Central Michigan University Police Dept. confirmed that on Thursday evening Davis was taken to the hospital in a ‘drug-related incident.’
“We’re calling it a family-type, domestic issue at this point. That’s all we’re releasing at this time,” Klaus said.
Klaus and Jeff Brown, public information officer from Mount Pleasant Police Dept. stressed that the suspect should be considered dangerous. They urged the community to call 911 if they see him or see anything suspicious.
Earlier, the Mt. Pleasant Public Safety Facebook page said the suspect was wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.
“At that time he was wearing a dark hoodie. It is unknown what clothing he may be wearing now because we’ve located a number of articles of clothing along the railroad grade,” said Klaus. “We have tactical teams… that are actively looking for this individual.”
Klaus said they are receiving support from many agencies, including the FBI.
“We believe the subject is in the city limits now.” said Jeff Brown, public information officer from Mount Pleasant Police Dept. “If you see this individual, we want you to contact 911 immediately… We’re going to ask that everyone stay inside at this time.”
“We ask that parents do not come to the university looking for their students,” said Klaus.
“What you need to know at this point is that the university is taking all precautions. Number one priority right now is safety,” said Sherry Knight, associate vice-president of the university’s communications.
The message to ‘shelter in place’ went out to students and faculty at about 8:00 a.m., CT. The message said that police were looking for a gunman and responding to reports of shots fired on the fourth floor of one of their residential halls (Campbell Hall.) Police ordered students and faculty to take shelter and stay where they are until they receive an all-clear. That remained in effect until further notice.
“The shooter has not yet been apprehended. Please remain aware of your surroundings and call 911 to report suspicious activity,” Mt. Pleasant Public Safety said on Facebook.
“I am in constant contact with (Michigan State Police) as they work w/local law enforcement to determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University. The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift actions,” Governor Rick Snyder tweeted.
All schools in Isabella County were on lockdown Friday while police searched for Davis.
FOX 4 will continue to monitor the situation and update this story with new information as it comes in.