University: Student Charged in Parents' Slayings

Two shot dead at Michigan university suspect at large

Investigators are trying to figure out why a Central Michigan University student charged with fatally shooting his parents acted so strangely the day before the killings that he was taken to a hospital.

Central Michigan University police Chief Bill Yeagley told reporters that James Eric Davis Jr.'s parents had picked him up from the hospital and brought him to his dorm to pack up when the shooting happened Friday.

Davis Jr. was taken to a local hospital, where he remained under custody Saturday morning, Yeagley added.

The shooting occurred on Friday at Campbell Hall a little before 9 a.m. during the time parents were picking up students for spring break.

Meanwhile, in the town of Bellwood, Illinois, 13 miles outside Chicago, where Davis Sr. worked as a part-time police officer, he is being remembered.

An officer asked Davis, Jr.to call his parents and Yeagley said the officer spoke to his mother about what they observed and shared concern that it might be drugs. When they questioned Davis Jr., campus authorities said he was not making any sense.

Yeagley said the gun's presence on campus was a violation of CMU's weapons policy, which states only campus law enforcement or officers with approval are able to be on campus armed.

Davis Jr. walked upstairs to the fourth-floor of Campbell Hall, where he allegedly shot and killed his father and his mother.

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were sent to the scene in the central MI city of Mount Pleasant to assist local police.

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Mount Pleasant is about a 285-mile (460-kilometre) drive from the family's hometown of Plainfield, Illinois.

The university has been on lockdown since, but just after 2 p.m. authorities began shuttling students to a nearby hotel. Yeagley said, "Everything was very vague, so we got other officers involved".

Davis Sr. had a lot of friends and was well liked within the National Guard Community.

Davis then told officers the man who wanted to hurt him had a "warrant for his arrest" because he had previously committed a murder.

Davis Jr. eventually talked about riding in a dorm elevator with the person, and police went to talk to the individual Davis Jr. had identified.

Klaus said Davis was seen wearing a dark hoodie following the shooting. Authorities said that the person did not have any weapons registered to them and they didn't believe there was a threat to Davis Jr. They asked him if he was OK then had him call his parents because he wasn't acting logically, police said.

"We're an awesome example of how in adverse times, we can take care of each other", she said.

An officer was so concerned about Davis Jr.'s erratic behaviour that he had spoken to his mother about possible drug use before the parents arrived on campus.

The identities of the two MI victims, as well as details on whether the suspect was a student and the type of weapon used, were not immediately released. "That's traumatic", Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said, per Newsweek. "There were thousands of people who were sheltering in place yesterday and they will be dealing with this for the rest of their lives", he said.

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