Current, future Central Michigan students react to shooting

Central Michigan University will resume normal operations Monday, March 5. Students return from spring break the following week.

"The first thing I heard were police sirens -- those don't usually happen in Mount Pleasant," said Central Michigan Senior Michael Willett.

A shooting that left two parents dead rattled Central Michigan University on Friday, March 2 as students were packing up for spring break. Sophomore James Eric Davis Jr., 19, was charged with murdering his parents James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis.

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No students were harmed during the shooting or 15-hour manhunt leading to Davis Jr.'s capture. School officials said CMU and law enforcement officers took the proper steps.

"We are a safe campus, but yesterday we demonstrated the ability to deal with the inconceivable," said Central Michigan University President George E. Ross at a press conference Saturday morning.

The university and much of the surrounding area was on lockdown while Davis was on the loose. Central Michigan Police said the shooting was an isolated domestic incident.

Even if we went outside, we probably would've been safe, junior Jacob Paige said.

"The police response...was very, very well done," Willett said. "I was very proud both my school and law enforcement. I thought they did a fantastic job [in] a bad situation."

Myla Umphrey, a senior at Cedar Springs High School, is committed to Central Michigan and will attend classes this fall. She said she's proud to call Mount Pleasant her future home after the incident.

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"It could be any school that there's a shooting at," Umphrey said. "But knowing that you'll be safe there, it made me want to go there even more."

Students will return from spring break and resume classes Monday, March 12.

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