Police have arrested James Eric Davis Jr as the shooting suspect at a Michigan University residence hall. Picture: Central Michigan University/AP
Police have arrested James Eric Davis Jr as the shooting suspect at a Michigan University residence hall. Picture: Central Michigan University/AP

Uni shooter had ‘bad reaction’ to drugs

A STUDENT who fatally shot his parents at Central Michigan University has been taken into custody, police said early on Saturday.

According to the New York Post James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old second year student at the university, was spotted on a train passing through the campus shortly after midnight, the university said in a statement.

"Law enforcement personnel responded and arrested the suspect without incident," stated the university's website.

Police search for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr who shot his parents in his university dorm room. Picture: The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com/AP
Police search for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr who shot his parents in his university dorm room. Picture: The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com/AP

Davis Jr. had gunned down his parents just after 9am on Friday morning when they came to pick him up for spring break, according to the Detroit Free Press.

AP has since reported that the gun used by Davis was registered to his father.

His father, James Eric Davis Sr, 47, was a police officer and an Illinois National Guard veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His mother, Diva Davis, also 47, was a real estate broker, according to her Facebook page. She had also been a flight attendant and was breast cancer survivor.

Father, James Eric Davis Sr was shot and killed. Picture: Twitter
Father, James Eric Davis Sr was shot and killed. Picture: Twitter

The shooting led to an hours-long manhunt that included more than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, as panic spread across the campus.

The university president thanked the community and law enforcement for helping to catch the suspect.

Reports on social media, according to the Count, suggest that the student and his parents were arguing over money prior to the murder.

According to a social media poster, "Eric was upset that they asked him to take out a student loan" and he allegedly murdered his parents because they could no longer afford to pay his university fees as they needed to plan for their own retirement.

Eric James Davis Jr reportedly shot his parents over money. Picture: Twitter
Eric James Davis Jr reportedly shot his parents over money. Picture: Twitter

According to the Chicago Tribune, Davis Jr was a "good kid" and people who knew the family said they saw no signs of trouble with the teen. Lieutenant Larry Klaus of the campus Police Department said Davis Jr had been taken to a hospital on Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem - possibly an overdose - but authorities did not elaborate.

Jordan Murphy, a friend of the family, said, "Junior was a very respectful man, raised by upstanding parents, who would do anything to protect him and his siblings."

 

This article first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.

 

Mother, Diva Davis was also shot dead. Picture: Facebook
Mother, Diva Davis was also shot dead. Picture: Facebook