CMU shooting: Shooting suspect in custody after 15-hour manhunt, university says

University officials announced at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) that students were finally being escorted out of buildings by police.

Two victims who were shot and killed Friday morning at Central Michigan University were identified by the university's police department as James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Jeneen Davis, the suspect's parents. Davis had been admitted to McLaren Central Michigan hospital Thursday night for what is believed to be a drug-related incident, according to CMU police.

A daylong manhunt in MI for a college student who allegedly shot his parents dead Friday morning after they arrived on campus to pick him up for Spring Break has stretched into the evening hours.

Authorities stand on the campus of Central Michigan University during a search for a suspect, in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Friday, March 2, 2018.

Debra Williams, the mother of James Eric Davis' roommate, told ABC affiliate Toledo, Ohio, station WTVG that she was overcome with panic after her son texted her Friday morning, saying that he thought his "roommate just shot his mom".

The suspect was later overpowered by security operatives and was taken into custody shortly after the shooting incident regarded as one of the deadliest mass shootings in USA modern history. James Eric Davis Jr. was arrested after someone saw him on train tracks shortly after midnight. Authorities released a photo of the 19-year-old, who had been considered armed and unsafe.

A university teacher said she was in a parking lot on campus when she heard what sounded like gunshots. "That's traumatic. To the students, to the parents, to the staff, to the faculty".

The shooting took place on the fourth floor of the dorm at 8:30 a.m. EST.

In a neighborhood near campus, Kelcey and David Allen peered anxiously from their front porch as police in SWAT gear searched for the shooting suspect Friday afternoon. The two people killed were James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis, who were both 47 and were the parents of the suspect, university officials said on Twitter. Parents who were trying to pick up students were told to stay off campus and go to a local hotel where staff would assist them.

Central Michigan University said early Saturday they had in custody the suspect accused of shooting and killing his parents on campus on Friday.

The hospital has no record of Davis being a patient, Rachel Blizzard, a spokeswoman, said in an email. He was headed northbound, police said.

The shooting forced the university to go into lockdown, students sheltered in class and in dorms for hours.

"This has been a day of incredible sadness and stress on the CMU campus", WMU athletic director Kathy Beauregard said in a release issued by the Broncos' sports information department.

The Bellwood Police Department is in "close communication" with authorities in MI to aid in the investigation and search for the couple's son, a police spokesman said.

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