A 19-year-old student shot dead his parents Friday morning at the University of Central Michigan campus, before finally being arrested in the evening, the university said.
The police said the shooting occured in the morning in the Campbell Hall building at the University of Mount Pleasant, between Chicago and Detroit.
The University then identified the victims as the suspect’s parents, James Eric Davis. They lived in the suburbs of Chicago.
“The dead are not students,” Central Michigan University said in a statement that the police believed the facts could have “originated from a family situation.”
The night before the shooting, the suspect was taken to the hospital after “an overdose or a bad reaction after taking drugs,” said the campus police spokesman at a press conference.
The premises were placed in confinement for several hours, while the police searched for the 19-year-old, who had not been arrested late Friday night. Some 18,000 students attend the main campus of Central Michigan University.
At first, we did not know how the student got the weapon he used. Michigan law allows for a weapon on oneself as long as it is not visible, but the University prohibited any carrying of weapons on its campus.
Shootings are common in the United States, where there are as many firearms in circulation as residents.
The debate over the legislation surrounding the constitutional right to be armed in this country was revived by young survivors of the killing that killed 17 people on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
This latest massacre was added to the long list of shootings in schools, including that of Newtown where 26 people died in a primary school in 2012, or that of Virginia Tech on the campus of a university of the United States. east of the country, which had 32 dead in 2007.