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Victims identified in Central Michigan University shooting; suspect still at large

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Updated March 02, 2018 07:47 PM EST

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WWMT) — By late afternoon Friday, police began escorting students and staff from Central Michigan University buildings, even as the search continued for a teen accused of killing his parents inside a dormitory.

Police said James Davis Jr., 19, is considered armed and dangerous.

The deadly shooting happened around 9 a.m. Friday on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and CMU President George Ross spoke about the deadly shooting from Mount Pleasant on Friday afternoon.

“I want to assure all of you, and everybody watching, that the safety of our students, the safety of our faculty, our staff, the safety of this community is paramount," Ross said. "And we will do whatever's necessary to make our campus even safer."

Emanuel Welch, a lawmaker from Illinois, said James Davis Jr. shot and killed his parents, who were picking him up from school for spring break. The lawmaker identified the suspect's dad as Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Students were told to shelter in place and parents were told to stay off campus.

Surveillance cameras showed Davis exiting the building and running along railroad tracks.

Police said Davis was released from the hospital just an hour before the shooting. Although it is unclear what he was treated for, police said it might have been related to drug use and possibly an overdose.

State and local police said officers went door-to-door looking for the suspect. They were searching the north side of campus in a neighborhood just west of the river. The neighborhood resembled a military zone as heavily armed police in camo walked block to block, knocking on doors, opening garages and walking through backyards.

Armed officers search the neighborhoods near Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on Friday, March 2, 2018. (WWMT/Christine VanTimmeren)

A couple times, groups of police would settle on one home and search it thoroughly, but the suspect was not found.

For those who live in the neighborhood, it was terrifying to think the suspect could be hiding right around the corner. They watched as police methodically searched everywhere.

Brandon Smith, a CMU senior, said, “We just actually saw four soldiers in our backyard and then we come outside and I see an armored military truck and see a bunch of different groups walking around.”

Katheryn Halvorsen, a CMU senior, said, “We've watched the K-9 unit, SWAT team, police. They're all searching in the woods trying to find the suspect right now.”

by Madeline Ciak/NBC25/FOX66 Newsroom

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WEYI) - Governor Rick Snyder has just arrived at the Central Michigan University campus ahead of a 4 p.m. news conference.

Snyder calls the deadly double shooting a " traumatic event for all the students and people who work here so we’re focused on the students and staff and how we can best support them."

Students are being ushered off campus at this time.

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Here's the latest information about the Central Michigan University shooting that left two people dead:

Police are looking for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr, because they consider him as a person of interest.

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No students, faculty or staff were injured during the shooting.

The two victims were found dead in Campbell Residence Hall.

However, the school will remain in lockdown, and students who are on campus are asked to shelter in place.

Police are referring to the shooting as a “domestic-style” incident, and say that they had contact with Davis Jr. Thursday evening.

Police also say that Davis Jr. was taken to a local hospital that evening as well due to a drug-related incident.

Davis Jr. was last seen running northbound from the Towers Apartment Complex.

Several articles of clothing have been found strewn along railroad tracks in that area.

Multiple police agencies are still actively trying to locate Davis Jr.

Police believe that Davis Jr. could still be in the city limits.

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