UPDATE: 1:03 p.m.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. Ferris President David Eisler released the following statement:
“Our sympathy and support are with the Central Michigan University community today after learning of the on-campus shooting that occurred this morning. Reports indicate two people have died. Although the suspect has been identified, he still remains at large. The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” and 135 lbs, last seen wearing yellow jeans and a blue hooded sweatshirt. Additional information is available on the Central Michigan University website.
At this time, we do not believe there is a threat or danger to the Ferris State University community. We are closely and carefully monitoring the situation, and will activate our RAVE alert system should this change.
For students needing assistance, the Personal Counseling Center will be available today until 5 p.m. and next week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For faculty and staff, call Encompass at 800-788-6630. A 24-hour helpline is also available through Listening Ear at 989-772-2918. As always, if you witness any suspicious behavior or activity on campus, call 911 or Ferris State University DPS at 591-5000.”
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A shooting on Central Michigan University’s campus resulted in two fatalities.
According to an emergency communication alert by Central Michigan University (CMU), two people were shot and killed at Campbell Hall, a student dormitory, Friday, March 2, the day before the start of CMU’s spring break. The victims were not students and the shooting is believed to be domestic in nature.
The alert states that the suspect is James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old black male, approximately 5’10” and 135 pounds. A Facebook update from Mt. Pleasant Public Safety at 10:23 a.m. on Friday stated Davis, who is armed and dangerous, was wearing yellow jeans and a blue hoodie, but the hoodie may have been removed.
Following the shooting, Ferris Department of Public Safety worked to determine if Davis had any connection to Ferris, which is approximately 45 miles from CMU’s campus. According to Ferris DPS Director Bruce Borkovich, they could not find any ties between the suspect and Ferris.
Borkovich advises students to remain alert, but he does not believe Bulldogs are in danger as a result of the situation.
“I don’t think there’s any direct concern because of this shooting,” Borkovich said.