The Detroit Free Press reports that a shooting has occurred in a dorm at Central Michigan University, located in the town of Mt. Pleasant. According to State Police, at least two people are dead, and the gunman is at large.
The police have not released the identity of the victims or their relationship to the alleged suspect, who been described solely as a black male believed to be armed and dangerous. For the protection of others, the campus has been placed on lockdown and citizens of the community are urged to stay indoors.
UPDATE: The suspect is a black male and considered armed and dangerous. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018
The shooting happened near the 4th floor of Campbell Hall, a co-ed residence building. Classes are canceled and students have been told to shelter in place and avoid the area.
CM Life, the university’s student newspaper tweeted that they spoke to an officer on the scene and were told the alleged shooter is still on the premises.
This is a developing story. Updates will be added as new information becomes available.
*UPDATE* As reader CEMinMO01 initially advised, the shooter has identified as a student at the university, who and killed his parents when they arrived Friday morning to pick him up for spring break. His name is James Earl Davis, Jr.
According to The Mercury News, police are now calling the murders the culmination of a family dispute.
Campus police further report having had contact with Davis, Jr., Thursday evening and having taken him to to a local hospital.
Multiple reports said the student had been released from the MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant emergency room … this morning, with police saying he got out just before 8 a.m.
The campus remains on lockdown, as Davis is still at large. The university said in a statement:
Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice.