The early morning incident put the campus into lockdown - trapping students in classrooms and dormitories until mid-afternoon - while police conducted an expansive search for the 19-year-old suspected gunman.
As Lionberger spoke, helicopters flew overhead as part of the search for the suspect, 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr.
Bellwood Police Chief Jiminez Allen on Friday called it "a very hard time" for the department. Thursday night when they took him to the hospital for a drug-related issue.
A daylong manhunt in MI for a college student who allegedly shot his parents dead Friday morning after they arrived on campus to pick him up for Spring Break has stretched into the evening hours.
CMU President George E. Ross thanked the campus, surrounding community and law enforcement personnel "who came together to keep each other safe and apprehend the suspect", according to the university police website.
This undated photo provided by Central Michigan University shows James Eric Davis, Jr., who police identified as the shooting suspect at a Central Michigan University residence hall on Friday, March 2.
Police have not released any details about what led up to the shooting.
The suspect was later overpowered by security operatives and was taken into custody shortly after the shooting incident regarded as one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States modern history.
More than 100 officers are searching Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for James Eric Davis Jr.
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The suspect is at large and considered armed and risky, according to police. On Friday night, CMU announced that the basketball game would be moved to the Northwood University campus in Midland for an 11 AM tipoff and would be played behind closed doors, with no public attendance and no television coverage. Students are being told to take shelter.
Central Michigan University's main campus is located on the south side of Mount Peasant, which is about an hour's drive north of Lansing.
Central Michigan University said early Saturday they had in custody the suspect accused of shooting and killing his parents on campus on Friday.
After the shootings, the gunman fled the scene on foot, heading north, police said.
Kendall Gilder, who has been friends with Davis Jr. since they met in the fourth grade at Charles Reed Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois, said he was still reeling from the news of the incident.
Yeagley says when officers determined that person posed no threat, Davis said he was fine and was leaving campus Friday for spring break.
Halie Byron, 20, said she locked herself in her off-campus house, about a 10-minute walk from Campbell Hall.
One student who said he knew the suspect told the campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life, that Davis Jr. was a "quiet kid." . An automated phone message was sent to students.
The university says the Friday morning shooting occurred at a campus residence hall and killed two people who weren't students.