The shooter who caused chaos on the campus of Central Michigan University used his own father's gun against him. James Eric Davis Jr. was being picked up by his parents for spring break on Friday. That's when he reportedly used the weapon to kill both of his parents, according to CNN.
The 19-year-old killed his parents, 48-year-old James Eric Davis Sr. and 47-year-old Diva Jeenen Davis, in the morning in his fourth-floor dorm room. The family was packing his belongings for a trip back to their home near Chicago.
Authorities aren't sure how the student got a hold of the father's gun. The father was a police officer with the Bellwood Police Department in Illinois, according to WZZM 13 (see above).
The school police Chief Bill Yeagley shared what authorities know in a press conference on Saturday. Based upon a witness and video evidence, authorities think that the teen brought the gun from a parking lot into the dormitory of Campbell Hall shortly before the incident.
"What we know for sure is that the gun was registered to his father, and that we saw ... (Davis Jr.) came from the parking lot into our residence hall with the gun, and the father was upstairs at that time," he said.
The teen was believed to be acting erratically the day before the shooting. Yeagley said the sophomore came up to a community police office in his dorm “very frightened” and “not making a lot of sense.”
“He said someone was out to hurt him, someone was going to harm him, and the officer calmed him down and tried to gain more information about what was going on," Yeagley said, according to People. "Mr. Davis was very vague and he kept talking about someone having a gun.”
Authorities say that Davis fled the scene following the shooting. This triggered a manhunt that ended with the teen's arrest on Saturday. He was arrested on Saturday and then returned to the hospital as he appeared hypothermic and nonsensical per Yeagley.
Davis has been charged with two counts of murder and a weapons violation, according to the Chicago Tribune. His bail has been set at $3 million.
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