The university police department released a statement on the school's website at 6 p.m. identifying the victims as James Eric Davis Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis. The statement did not provide details of the crime.
Police identified the suspect as James Eric Davis Jr. More than 100 officers from multiple police agencies were searching for the younger Davis, the campus police said in their evening statement.
The shooting inside the Campbell Hall dormitory happened on the eve of spring break and sparked a lockdown on the campus in Mount Pleasant, Mich., a city about 85 miles from Grand Rapids and 155 miles from Detroit.
"This was a terrible incident, it was an isolated incident, but we had two people that were killed in a residence facility," Gov. Rick Snyder, R, said at a Friday press conference. "That's traumatic. To the students, to the parents, to the staff, to the faculty. In this case, the community, because this individual is still at large."
There were no other injuries in the shooting, according to the school's website.
Davis had not been spotted by law enforcement, and investigators had not received any calls about sightings, Lt. Larry Klaus, of the Central Michigan University Police Department, said at an afternoon press conference.
"Here's where we're at, in regards to apprehension," Klaus told reporters. "We have not had any of our police assets lay eyes on him. We have not had any calls from the community, saying they've seen him."
Campus police came into contact with "the involved individual" the night before the shooting, and took him to a hospital, Klaus said previously.
"The university responded quickly," school spokeswoman Sherry Knight said at a press conference Friday. "We had the campus on lockdown. No students, faculty or staff have been injured."
A message posted to the city's website Friday morning stated that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. Local police were assisting campus authorities.
"Please remain aware of your surroundings and call 911 to report suspicious activity," the post stated. "All city buildings are currently locked down and not accessible to the general public."
The university's statement Friday evening said all campus events were being cancelled until further notice. Saturday classes at the Mount Pleasant campus scheduled for Saturday were canceled.
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