Central Michigan University's police chief says a 19-year-old student suspected of fatally shooting his parents in a dormitory was acting strangely the day before the shooting and told a residence hall officer someone was trying to kill him.
More than 100 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were brought in to search for Davis, Jr., who campus police said was considered armed and risky.
Nineteen-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. was "seen and reported by an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight".
Pleasant, Mich. Two people who weren't students were fatally shot as campus police believe the shooting "started from a domestic situation", the university said in a statement. More than 100 officers from multiple agencies were still searching for Davis Jr.as of 9:30 p.m. Friday evening.
Illinois State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Westchester, tweeted on Friday about one of the victims of the shooting, James Davis Sr., who was a police officer in Bellwood. He was last seen wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. Police say his parents had just picked him up from the hospital, where he was taken the day before for suspected drug abuse.
There were no other injuries in the shooting, according to the school's website.
An official said Davis Jr. was taken to a hospital on Thursday night by because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose. They lived in Plainfield, a suburb of Chicago, according to The Associated Press, and arrived on campus Friday to pick up their son for the beginning of the school's spring break.
An Illinois state lawmaker said on Twitter that the family permanently resided in the Chicago area, where Davis Sr had served as a policeman until his death.
The Mount Pleasant police and Isabella County Sheriff's Department are assisting university police, officials said. Pleasant residents were also urged to stay indoors and not make contact with Davis, Jr. if they saw him. After that, Mount Pleasant information officer Jeff Browne spotted him heading north from the dorm, running along the railroad tracks. An automated phone message also was sent to students.
The university, with roughly 23,000 students, is about two hours northwest of Detroit. She said it's "scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere".