March 6, 2018
Photo via Twitter/City of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
A fatal shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University has left many confused and searching for answers. James Eric Davis Jr. shot and killed his parents in his dorm room, placing the campus on lockdown Friday.
The 19-year old shot his parents around 8:40 AM on Friday after the couple picked him up from the hospital, where he was sent by police officers the night before for suspected drug use and erratic behavior, according to Time.
The CMU Police Department has identified the victims in this morning's campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis, both 47 years old. The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.
— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018
Video surveillance showed Davis Jr. leaving his dorm room, going to his parent’s vehicle and returning with a handgun that belonged to his father, James Davis Sr., a police officer in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood. Davis Jr.’s mother, Diva Jeneen Davis, was a real estate broker.
The shooting at Central Michigan University today strikes close to home. A sad day in Bellwood and across the 7th District. My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. and his wife who were shot and killed this morning. May they RIP. pic.twitter.com/B0cykAxFVv
— Emanuel Chris Welch (@RepChrisWelch) March 2, 2018
Davis Jr. fled after the shooting, and was arrested on Saturday morning after an extensive manhunt. During a news conference on Friday, police said that he had been hospitalized the night before due to drug complications, and remains hospitalized in police custody.
The suspect in the shooting incident that happened on CMU's campus is now in custody. Get more details at https://t.co/9LfrVQwM0i.
— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 3, 2018
He is now facing two counts of murder charges and a weapons violation. Additionally his bail has been set at $3 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Davis Jr.’s older brother, Russell Matthew Davis, spoke out about the shooting and is asking the public not to judge the shooter. At a time when everyone wants someone to blame, Davis Jr.’s brother is not abandoning him.
“Please don’t make a villain of my brother,” he said in a Facebook post. “That is NOT who he is… and despite the circumstances, he also lost a mother and father… And I LOVE him. Consider that!”
While the motive for the shooting still remains unclear, the broader issue of gun violence is affecting elementary schools, high schools, and colleges around the country. In the recent Parkland, Florida shooting, 17 high school students were fatally shot.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time.
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