Tragically, two people were killed in a shooting at Central Michigan University on Friday morning.
— CM Life (@CMLIFE) March 2, 2018
The shooting prompted a massive manhunt for a “19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall” and further described as wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.
Central Michigan University stated the fatal shooting was believed to have arisen out of a “domestic incident.”
“CMU police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. There are no additional injuries; suspect is still at large,” the university stated while the suspect was at large.
The suspect, James Eric Davis, Jr. ,was apprehended after a massive manhunt. As reported by the Associated Press, he was arrested “without incident shortly after midnight following an intensive daylong search that included more than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, authorities said.”
The AP provided further details:
Authorities found Davis after someone aboard a train spotted a person along railroad tracks in Mount Pleasant, where Central Michigan University is located, and called police, Yeagley said. Davis appeared to be hypothermic and “not making a lot of sense” when police arrested him, the chief said, and he was again being treated at a hospital on Saturday.
The shooting occurred on a day when parents were arriving to pick up students at the university about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Lansing for the beginning of a weeklong spring break.
Central Michigan University police Chief Bill Yeagley said Davis Jr. had come into a community police officer’s office a day prior at his dorm “very frightened” and “not making a lot of sense.”
“He said someone was out to hurt him, someone was going to harm him, and the officer calmed him down and tried to gain more information about what was going on. … Mr. Davis was very vague and he kept talking about someone having a gun,” he said.
Drug abuse is suspected to have been involved in the shooting, which claimed the lives of two people, who reportedly were not students.
“The mother said she too was concerned this could be drugs,” Yeagley said.
The manner that Davis Jr. obtained the firearm shows that firearms sales restrictions and additional gun control measures can only go so far in preventing gun homicides.
As police chief Yeagley said, as reported by the AP, “the gun used in the shooting belonged to Davis’ father, James Davis Sr.,” who is “a part-time police officer in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood.”
Ultimately, individuals also need to show responsibility for securing firearms in order to prevent their misuse. Police chief Yeagley would not tell the AP the type of weapon used or confirm if it was the part-time police officer’s service revolver at this time.
As FBI crime statistics show, individuals were twenty-four times more likely to be murder by a criminal with a handgun than with all rifles combined, including so-called semi-automatic “assault rifles.”
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