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Suspect in Central Michigan University shooting arrested

A shooting left two people dead on the campus of Central Michigan University on Friday.  (Source: CMU/Facebook) A shooting left two people dead on the campus of Central Michigan University on Friday.  (Source: CMU/Facebook)
James Eric Davis Jr. (City of Mt. Pleasant, MI/Twitter) James Eric Davis Jr. (City of Mt. Pleasant, MI/Twitter)

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (RNN) - Police have arrested James Eric Davis Jr., the suspect in Friday's deadly shooting at Central Michigan University.

Campus officials said Davis was taken into custody by campus police, according to CNN.

The search for the 19-year-old student had lasted all day and stretched into early Saturday morning.

Before his arrest, Davis was seen and reported by a person on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight, after which law enforcement responded and arrested Davis without incident, according to Central Michigan's emergency communication website.

University police identified the two victims of the shooting as James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Jeneen Davis, the parents of the suspect.

Police had asked for the public's help in finding Davis.

The shooting happened Friday morning at Campbell Hall, a dormitory on campus.

Before he was spotted after midnight, Davis was seen on camera, leaving a north exit of the building and running along nearby railroad tracks. Police said they believe he was off campus and somewhere in the city, and asked people to stay inside but keep watching for the suspect.

CMU police led the search, but multiple law enforcement agencies were also involved. More than 100 officers looked for Davis.

Authorities didn't know what type of gun was used in the shooting or if there were multiple weapons.

The university went into lockdown after the shooting and advised all students to seek shelter in a message via Twitter. A robocall also went out to people on the campus, telling them a suspect was on the loose.

"All planned campus events and activities are cancelled until further notice," the university website said. "Classes at the Mount Pleasant campus scheduled for Saturday, March 3, are cancelled."

Central Michigan Police Lt. Larry Klaus said the suspect was in contact with police Thursday night, in response to a possible overdose. Davis was taken to a hospital and released Friday morning.

During the search for Davis he was considered armed and dangerous.

Davis' father was a part-time police officer in a Chicago suburb, authorities in Illinois said.

Central Michigan University was established in 1892, and is one of the largest universities in the state. 

With more than 20,000 students on its campus and 7,000 enrolled online, the school is also one of the nation's 100 largest public universities. It is located about 55 miles west of Saginaw. 

Campbell Hall is located in the West Campus section of CMU and is part of a series of four connected dorm and classroom buildings. It contains four-person, single bedrooms and two bathroom suites, and are smoke free, according to the school's website.

This incident comes a little more than two weeks after a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 style weapon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Seventeen people were killed and fourteen were injured.

Students who survived the mass shooting have forced the gun control debate back into the the national spotlight, and are organizing a march later this month.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on Friday's shooting, said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

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