Warning: This story discusses mind-altering substances and technology used to consume them. These substances are legal in some places but not in others. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — nothing here endorses illegal drug use. The company’s co-founder is an Apple alum. The flagship product is a $250 app-enabled smart device in an emerging category. The gadget’s silver-bodied design gives it the look of a striking statement piece for modern homes. It might sound like I’m describing Nest, but I’m really describing Firefly, a weed tech startup based in California. The product in question isn’t a smart thermostat that regulates the temperature in your home, but rather a smart vaporizer that regulates the temperature of cannabis with app-enabled precision. Available for preorder this weekend and expected to start shipping within the next month, it’s called the Firefly 2 Plus, and if the company’s nomenclature doesn’t betray its Apple influences, its talking points certainly will. “We want to be the vaporizer for all people,” says Walden Alexander, Firefly’s director of global sales and distribution, “the way the iPhone was the smartphone that bridged the gap between early adopters and mass adoption.” Boasting easier air intake, a modest boost to battery life and a lower price than the Firefly 2 that came before it, the nearly identical-looking Firefly 2 Plus is hardly a dramatic jump forward for the brand. It does, however join a growing field of high-end, handheld vaporizers that seek to leverage tech to deliver a better high — and to win customers at a time when the legalization movement appears primed to bring more of the mainstream into the fold. Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos 9 That’s where those app controls come in. With a full spectrum of temperature settings ranging from 200-500 degrees Fahrenheit that you adjust in 10-degree increments (a major upgrade from the six fixed settings of the previous gen), plus a “calibration” slider for more incremental adjustments that nudge the quality of your vapor toward either richer flavor or a smoother drag, Firefly’s app is simple and uncluttered. I appreciated the links to instructional videos in its Info section, too. It’s just a shame that there isn’t a temperature readout on the device itself, or the ability to cycle through that full range of temperature settings without the app — though, if your phone dies, there is a method to change between seven temperature presets that range from 250-480 degrees F. It’s not the most intuitive, though — you’ll hold the right button, then press the left button three times to enter a setting selection mode. While still holding the right button, tapping on the left button will cycle through the 7 presets, starting with the lowest.OutlookJust like the law, the market for marijuana tech is still evolving in the US, and we don’t yet know exactly what it’s final form will look like. It’s also unclear how high-end vaporizers that cost hundreds of dollars will fare against smaller vape pens made for use with disposable cannabis oil cartridges. Those are significantly less expensive than products like the Firefly 2 Plus, and their popularity is on the rise.If the Firefly 2 Plus wants to be the iPhone of vaporizers, then it might be an iPhone XS Max — big, expensive, impressive and more than a lot of people probably need or want to pay for. Still, you might have said something similar about Nest once upon a time. And look how that turned out.Originally published Apr. 20 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, at 2:30 p.m. PT: Corrected the description of the device’s temperature controls outside of the app, and the date of Firefly’s founding, which was in 2011 and not in 2012. 12 Photos A tipping point for pot?Alexander and I talked about the weed-tech business between bites at a popular spot for Nashville-style hot chicken near downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Toward the end of our conversation, he unboxed a production model of the Firefly 2 Plus to show me the company’s newest hardware. It’s a good-looking gadget, and also longer and bulkier than most handheld vaporizers. Like other Firefly vapes, the 2 Plus features a magnetic lid with your choice of design. With the wood-grain pattern on Alexander’s 2 Plus, the thing looked a bit like a king-sized duck call as he brought it up to his lips to demonstrate how to hold and use it.Yes, I’ll admit that during all this I nervously glanced around the dining room for any local cops on a lunch break. Despite a long history as the nation’s top producer of hemp, the commonwealth of Kentucky is one of 18 states where both recreational and medicinal marijuana use is still prohibited by law. Kentucky also lists possession of drug paraphernalia as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. At the same time, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in Kentucky, and bongs, pipes and vaporizers are openly sold in stores across the state, typically with winking signs that read “for tobacco use only.” At any rate, we’re a long way from California. Meet the smart vapes: App-enabled vaporizers seek to cash in on cannabis Then again, maybe we’re closer than you might think. Earlier this year, legislators in Kentucky’s House of Representatives introduced a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in the state. Last month, that bill cleared the Judiciary Committee by a 16-1 vote. More recently, Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen offered up a plan to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.Along with record public support for legalized pot, which now includes a majority of Americans aged 55 and over, and a majority of Republicans too, headlines like that feed into a growing sense of marijuana momentum across the US. Mark Williams, the former Apple developer who co-founded Firefly in 2011 with business partner Sasha Robinson, himself a veteran of Microsoft, cites the 2018 midterm elections as a key inflection point. Statewide initiatives to legalize marijuana passed in Missouri, Utah and in Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize weed for recreational use.”It was the best day for cannabis in the history of cannabis,” Williams says. “All of a sudden we realized there was no going back.”Williams added that he’s heartened to see many of the Democratic candidates for president embracing legalization as part of their platforms. And while he “wouldn’t presume to speculate,” he adds that he could also envision President Donald Trump beating them to the punch.”If I were him, I would just wait until a few months before the election,” Williams said, “and, just by executive order, make it legal and take the issue away from the Democrats and say, ‘Ha! Now you don’t have that issue anymore.'” Each Firefly vaporizer comes with a magnetic lid in your choice of design, like the wood-grain pattern seen here. The lid’s circular window lets you see what you’re vaporizing as you vaporize it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET A high-tech highAt any rate, Williams and others I spoke with in the weed-tech industry expressed optimism that the US will see significant progress toward full legalization by next year’s November elections. Meanwhile, emerging cannabis subcategories like vape pens and oil concentrates, the latter of which Firefly vaporizers are compatible with, are already seeing steady growth, according to marijuana delivery service Eaze. Those are the tailwinds Firefly is trying to catch with the 2 Plus as its new flagship.Enlarge ImageFirefly’s app lets you set the temperature of the device from your phone, along with a calibration slider and the ability to choose which buttons — left, right, both or either — will trigger the device to heat up. Firefly screenshot by Ry Crist/CNET To that end, the new price of $250 is $80 less than before — priced to compete with vaporizers like the $275 DaVinci IQ, but still $80 more than its top competitor, the popular Pax 3, which is made by the same team behind Juul electronic cigarettes. Like Firefly, those app-enabled alternatives feature eye-catching designs, which isn’t an accident. Looks matter when you’re trying to capitalize on consumer curiosity and get people to splurge.Firefly hopes to stand out from the pack with its nifty magnetic lids, and with the fact that, unlike most vaporizers, it features a little window that lets you see what’s inside as you’re vaporizing it. Like the Firefly 2, the 2 Plus also employs a patented technique called “dynamic convection” that heats the device up to the selected temperature setting with each drag instead of preheating to the temperature setting at the start and then remaining there. It takes just a few seconds to heat up when you want to take a hit, but those seconds add up since you’re waiting with each hit. With most other vaporizers, you’ll wait 15 seconds or so when you first turn them on, and then drag at will until you’re done.With the Firefly, you just hold your finger against the touch-sensitive buttons on either side of the device, wait for the green light and take a hit. And, in a nice touch (no pun intended), the app lets you use either of those buttons, or both simultaneously, for heating the chamber. Just tell the app which option you want.The Firefly 2 Plus comes with a charging cradle. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Dynamic convection also makes it so the 2 Plus doesn’t need a power button, since it heats up with each button press and automatically cools down after each hit. When the battery needs recharging, you’ll dock the 2 Plus in a charging cradle that comes with the device. Firefly says that other benefits to dynamic convection include gentler heating, more accurate temperature control and less wasted vapor between hits. Meanwhile, the 2 Plus boasts a borosilicate glass bowl inside the device and glass piping to the mouthpiece, too. That’s a quality interior — though the exterior casing felt a bit more plasticky than some of us expected at first touch. With its extra size and angular bulk, a few of us also found it to be less comfortable to hold than other vaporizers.As for what makes the 2 Plus a “Plus,” Firefly’s team points to the device’s improved air-flow during drags as the most significant upgrade over the Firefly 2.”It’s easier to inhale,” Williams says. “You don’t have that immediate need to exhale. To use an analogy, you’d never take a swig of beer and spit half of it out. But that’s what people are doing with cannabis right now.”The key with any vaporizer is temperature control. In fact, the whole point of vaping is that you’re heating the active ingredients (terpenes and cannabinoids like THC and CBD) to their boiling point and releasing them as vapor, but not burning your bud the way an open flame will. Whether it’s basic conduction vapes or fancier convection vapes that heat more evenly, the idea is that you’re aiming for a Goldilocks temperature — hot, but not too hot. Weed tech 5:37 Smart Home Culture Marijuana tech is evolving On 420, say high to these gadgets for weed lovers Share your voice
Share your voice 1 Sci-Tech 12 Photos This is a full moon. A blue moon looks like a full moon. That’s it. NASA/Kim Shiflett I’m all for an exciting “blood moon” (aka: a total lunar eclipse) or even a just slightly interesting “supermoon” when the full moon looks a smidge bigger in the sky, but there is absolutely no reason to get excited about this Saturday’s “blue moon.”You may have seen other headlines declaring that this will be the last time this unique full moon will rise until 2021, but there’s actually nothing astronomical that sets a blue moon apart from any other full moon. According to the Library of Congress, a blue moon occurs when a particular season has four full moons rather than the typical three. When this happens, the third moon of the four is labeled a blue moon. It has nothing to do with the actual coloration of our natural satellite, or anything to do with space, for that matter. It’s just one of the naming conventions from the old Farmers’ Almanacs: the same as calling January’s full moon a “wolf moon” because wolves were often heard howling at winter moons long ago, apparently. That’s the most old school definition of a blue moon, a least. It’s also come to be defined as the second full moon that falls within the same calendar month. So if there’s a full moon on the first day of any month (except February), you’ll get a blue moon about four weeks later. Again, this newer definition really has nothing to do with the moon itself, which is just going about its normal orbiting business. Rather, a blue moon is dependent on the rather arbitrary calendar that we’ve all decided to use to keep track of our lives. So while blood moons aren’t actually bloody and supermoons are really more “kinda neat” than full-blown super, both are worth stepping outside to see. A blue moon, on the other hand, is really just the same as last month’s full moon. If you miss it, there’s a repeat showing four weeks later, just without the fancy title. Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos Tags Comment Space
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen has directed all Bangladesh missions abroad to provide consular services for its citizens round the clock, reports UNB.He has already written a letter outlining necessary measures to all the heads of missions abroad with much focus on building stronger relations with Bangladeshi expatriates.In the letter, he directed the mission heads to keep the consular services line open for 24 hours with immediate effect, said the foreign ministry on Thursday.The foreign minister said it is urgent to improve consular services making it friendly for Bangladeshi expatriates through bringing necessary changes.He said the flow of investment and remittance into Bangladesh will increase if the Bangladeshi expatriates can be involved in Bangladesh’s overall development process.The desired success depends on friendly relations with expatriates with required services in place, said the foreign minister.He also directed them to make a database on expatriates as per their professions.
Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneA load of evacuees in the back of Chris Ginter’s monster truck in Houston on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017. Ginter helped evacuate people from their flooded neighborhood near the Buffalo Bayou.Houston and the Gulf Coast are learning hard lessons about their vulnerability to flooding after Hurricane Harvey — which was the latest and by far the biggest in a three-year stretch of major inundations for Houston that included the Memorial Day and Tax Day floods.People who didn’t think they needed flood insurance – because they weren’t in a designated flood zone – have learned that the flood maps are increasingly irrelevant. Local leaders and flood control planners are learning that 500-year floods may become regular occurrences.Four months after Harvey stormed ashore and dumped historic rains on the coastal flatlands, major questions remain. The Tribune has reported on each of these (you can read all of our Harvey coverage here), and we’ll keep following these storylines in 2018:How will Texas spend billions in federal long-term recovery money?So far, the state is leaning hard on the federal government to fix what Harvey broke. Despite enduring the rainiest day in recorded history — up to 50 inches fell in parts of Houston at Harvey’s peak — Texas’ top leaders have resisted tapping the so-called Rainy Day Fund (which currently stands at about $10 billion) to help with the recovery.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced Texas will receive just over $5 billion for long-term rebuilding efforts. Texas leaders would like more. They have estimated the state needs as much as $121 billion — and they want as few limitations on how to spend that money as possible. They argue that officials in cities and counties battered by the storm know best whether money should go to individual households or public works projects. But the state’s requests for flexibility — along with an infrastructure-heavy wish list — have sparked alarm among housing advocates who fear homeowners and impoverished communities will get shortchanged in favor of large-scale infrastructure projects that could have little connection to disaster recovery.A bigger question: How long will it take the money to get where it’s supposed to go? After Hurricanes Ike and Dolly struck the Texas coast, the state received $3 billion in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for long-term rebuilding.When will Houston’s justice system get back to normal?After Harvey hit in late August, trials in one of the country’s busiest criminal justice systems were delayed for months. Damage from the storm left the city’s Criminal Justice Center — a 20-story building that houses 40 courtrooms, the district attorney’s office and enough holding cells to accommodate 900 inmates — out of commission for months, and swamped its jury assembly building perhaps beyond repair.Jury trials resumed October 16, but the backlog in pending cases persists. Judges continue to double up on courtrooms, with trial courts allocated on a rotating basis. The system is churning — but haltingly. And that will be the status “for the foreseeable future,” said Judge Bob Schaffer, administrative judge for the Harris County district courts.Court officials said proceedings are not likely to return to normal until the facilities are restored to full occupancy, which could take as long as another year and will cost tens of millions of dollars.But the justice system is slowly coming back to life: Cases are being heard, albeit slowly, and verdicts are being handed down. Well over 5,000 people already have reported for jury duty.“Things aren’t back to normal yet,” Harris County Court Manager Ed Wells said. “But we’re making the best of what we have available and moving forward.”How will the Gulf Coast address the flood risks that Harvey exposed?The state has a list of big-ticket infrastructure projects for flood mitigation and prevention. And officials are hoping the feds will pay for all or most of it.Reservoir improvements: The Addicks and Barker reservoirs west of downtown Houston — which are essentially earthen berms designed to temporarily hold back floodwaters before releasing them into Buffalo Bayou — have been neglected to the point that they’re considered unsafe by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains and operates them. To make matters worse, developers have plopped about 14,000 homes inside their flood basins (many of those homes flooded during Harvey) and all that new development is sending more runoff into the reservoirs during storms. The reservoirs need major upgrades, and there’s serious talk of building another one to take the pressure off Addicks and Barker. That’ll take a lot of land and a lot of money — and years of work to complete.Buyouts: After three flood events in three years, lots of Houstonians are talking about buyouts. But as we discovered through our investigation with ProPublica in November, buyouts aren’t likely to be a large-scale solution to the city’s flooding problems, mainly because of a lack of money and narrow criteria that disqualify many homeowners who are willing to sell.The Ike Dike: A coastal barrier built just off the coast to blunt a hurricane storm surge remains the holy grail for protecting Houston, Galveston and the area’s vast and vulnerable refineries and petrochemical plants. But the price tag could run as high as $11 billion to protect a six-county stretch of coastline — and it wouldn’t help in a major rain event like Harvey.How long will it take for displaced people to return home?This is probably the most pressing question for the people whose lives have been uprooted by Harvey — and the most difficult to answer because it plays out one home at a time. About a month after Harvey struck, more than 24,000 families were living in FEMA-funded hotel rooms; that number dropped to about 11,300 families by mid-December as homes were repaired, renters found new apartments and others found better long-term housing options.But the FEMA hotel statistics don’t capture the full extent of the need, because they don’t include countless people still living with family or friends, in tents, in recreational vehicles or in rented apartments or rooms.More than 90,000 people have filed insurance claims through the National Flood Insurance Program, also managed by FEMA. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Sugar Land.How long it takes for that many people to get back to normal involves a complicated calculus — the amount of damage, whether they rented or owned their home, whether they had flood insurance, and how long it takes for insurance adjustors, demolition crews and contractors to do their work. But for many Harvey victims, recovery will be measured in years. Share
– / 3THE LATEST on a shooting at Central Michigan University:The Central Michigan University Police Department has identified the victims in this morning’s campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis. The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.Multiple police agencies – more than 100 officers – continue to search for the suspect.Please do not actively search for the suspect or engage anyone matching the description of the suspect. Instead, please call 911 or 773-1000 to report suspicious activity or someone matching the description of the suspect. https://t.co/tyIcmCpztx— Mt. Pleasant DPS (@mtppublicsafety) March 3, 2018 Central Michigan University police confirm 2 individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students & police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. | @CMUniversity https://t.co/eQdikHGjXl— Ari B. Adler (@aribadler) March 2, 2018 An update on this morning’s shooting on the campus of CMU: https://t.co/XK63vLPpoz.— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018___The suspect in this morning’s campus shooting is still at large.Police say they’re starting to escort students and staff from buildings at Central Michigan University while they continue to search for a young man accused of killing two people.School President George Ross says Friday is a “tragic day” for Central Michigan.Police are searching for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois. Police declined to confirm news reports that the two victims shot at a residence hall were Davis’ parents.The suspect in this morning’s campus shooting is still at large. CMU police continue to work closely with local and state police agencies. Continue to check our website for updates: https://t.co/g6Gecjejal— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018 Information for CMU Parents: Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Please go to the Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support the families. pic.twitter.com/DlMRlXgElp— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) March 2, 2018____ ____Police warned the public not to a confront a 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two people on Friday at a Central Michigan University residence hall, saying he is considered dangerous and likely still in the area.Investigators said neither victim was a student and described the shooting as a “family-type domestic situation.” Police declined to confirm a Detroit Free Press report citing unnamed sources that said the suspect, James Eric Davis Jr., had fatally shot his parents when they came to pick him up for spring break.____Police say two people who aren’t students have been fatally shot at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a 19-year-old man suspected of killing two people at Central Michigan University.Lt. Larry Klaus says police are searching for James Eric Davis Jr. Klaus says surveillance footage shows the young man fled on foot. He’s considered armed and dangerous.The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” & 135 lbs. He was last see wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach the suspect. Call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/dCChxe1Tfr— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018Klaus says Davis was wearing a black hoodie but apparently has been shedding certain clothes since the shooting around 8:30 a.m. His photo was released to the public. Anyone who sees him is asked not to confront him, but to call 911.Klaus says Davis was taken to a hospital Thursday night by campus police because of a drug-related health problem, possibly an overdose.He didn’t release the names of the victims.NEW: Officials say Central Michigan University is in lockdown and students are sheltered in place. Police agencies are also actively trying to locate the shooter. https://t.co/JJv5oIU9vT pic.twitter.com/yPneLjMcDI— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 2, 2018 I’m at @CMUniversity speaking with @MichStatePolice and local authorities. There is an ongoing investigation and authorities are still seeking the suspect and that process is fully engaged. pic.twitter.com/P7bYfj9QB4— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 I’m a dad, I’ve got a college student. These young people, having this happen in a dorm, it’s important we all support one another. We need to rally as Michiganders, we need to be one big family when we have tragic events like this go on. https://t.co/UYUJcitGs8— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 The suspect in this morning’s shooting at @CMUniversity is still at large. Please remember, if you see the suspect, do not approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 immediately. https://t.co/uFyrYGNJGT— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018 I am in constant contact with @MichStatePolice as they work w/local law enforcement to determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University. The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift action.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 BREAKING: Helicopters flying over Central Michigan University after shooting. Police say suspect is still at large. @Local4News #CentralMichiganUniversityShooting pic.twitter.com/JTrpOkKWjk— Larry Spruill Jr (@LarryWDIVLocal4) March 2, 2018 We won’t have all the answers today, this will be an ongoing conversation but I can say that we will continue working hard to keep Michiganders safe and support these @CMUniversity students.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 Everyone is working together to do whatever we need to do to apprehend this person and to support the students who are dealing with this traumatic event.— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 We are still in the class and we cannot leave it until we get permission from police. Need prayer.Central Michigan University pic.twitter.com/yujoM2E4Kr— zaky ahmed (@zakyahmed10) March 2, 2018___Photo: Commons WikimediaCentral Michigan University reported on Friday morning through its Twitter feed that there has been a report of shots fired on campusSchool officials said Friday morning that police are responding to a report of shots fired at a residence hall at Central Michigan University.Earlier, the university had reported through its Twitter feed that there had been a report of shots fired specifically at Campbell Hall, located at its Mount Pleasant campus.There has been a report of shots fired at Campbell Hall on campus. Suspect is still at large, police advise all to take shelter. If you see something suspicious, call 911.— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018The university says the suspect is still at large, and police are urging students to take shelter.The city says the male suspect is considered armed and dangerous.The school released the information on its Facebook page around 9:30 a.m. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students Friday morning.The City of Mount Pleasant informed through its Twitter feed that “the suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall.”UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: The suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approx. 5 foot 9 inches tall. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have taken off the blue hoodie. He is considered armed & dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach him. Call 911.— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 2, 2018Central Michigan University has about 23,000 students in Mount Pleasant, which is about 70 miles (112.6 kilometers) north of Lansing. Shooting @ Central Michigan University search is still happening. RIP to those who died and stay safe pic.twitter.com/p8llrjMgPo— 🔥 (@PrinceOfTh3D) March 2, 2018 #Breaking: @CMUniversity ROBO CALL to students alerting them to campus shooting: pic.twitter.com/CwNsl6vI3u— Shawn Ley (@ShawnLeyLive) March 2, 2018 #CMU is a campus with about ~25,000 students. It is in a rural town called Mt. Pleasant. We have 5 police departments here: City, County, State, CMU, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police. Shooting happened on campus in Campbell Hall, located on the W side of campus. pic.twitter.com/VQTFJrgPWw— Sara Kubik, PhD (@SaraKubik) March 2, 2018 NEW: No students, faculty or staff injured in shooting incident, Central Michigan University official says; campus lockdown continues. https://t.co/JJv5oIU9vT pic.twitter.com/Om9NZkrOMl— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) March 2, 2018___CMU police confirm two individuals were fatally shot at Campbell Hall on campus this morning. The deceased are not students and police believe the situation started from a domestic situation. There are no additional injuries; suspect is still at large: https://t.co/AxvPn3N0s0— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018The school says police believe the Friday morning shooting “started from a domestic situation.” Investigators are searching for a 19-year-old suspect who is considered to be armed and dangerous.The school is urging students to take shelter. It also says no other injuries have been reported.Campus is on lockdown as the suspect is still at large.“The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” and 135 lbs,” Central Michigan University posted on their website.The school posted an alert around 9:30 a.m. on its Facebook page about shots being fired at Campbell Hall. An automated phone message from the school also was sent to students. The shooting occurred on the last day of classes before spring break.Halie Byron, 20, said she locked herself in her off-campus house, about a 10-minute walk from Campbell Hall. She had planned to run errands before traveling home to the Detroit area.“It’s scary thinking about how easy a shooter can come into a college campus anywhere — a classroom, a library. There’s so much easy access,” Byron said.In the surrounding community, students and staff in the Mount Pleasant school district were told not to leave nine buildings. #BREAKING: 2 people who are not students were fatally shot at Central Michigan University Friday morning; the suspected gunman remains at large. After the alert went out, video captured some students and staff sheltered in place at a cafeteria: https://t.co/jB27bt1DL3 pic.twitter.com/rft5l3F6KL— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) March 2, 2018___Parents asked to stay off university campusParents trying to pick up students following a fatal shooting at Central Michigan University are being asked to stay off campus.The school says parents are being told to go to a local hotel in Mount Pleasant where staff would assist them.“Reminder (per @CMUniversity) Those planning to come to campus today to pick up students for spring break should stay off campus until further notice. Please go to Comfort Inn, 2424 S. Mission St. University staff will be on site to support families.” https://t.co/4nRICTx2D3— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) March 2, 2018 BREAKING: Shots fired at Central Michigan University and suspect is still at large. https://t.co/bqpvCsBckB— Circa (@Circa) March 2, 2018 The CMU Police Department has identified the victims in this morning’s campus shooting as James Eric Davis, Sr., and Diva Jeneen Davis, both 47 years old. The victims are the father and mother of the suspect, who remains at large.— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) March 2, 2018 We have an incredible amount of law enforcement cooperation in Mt. Pleasant right now working to apprehend the suspect & make sure all students get safely off campus. It has been a very tough day @CMUniversity but the staff and all first responders are doing a terrific job. pic.twitter.com/Cn6Q5lFxge— Anna Heaton (@Republicanna) March 2, 2018 The two shooting victims at Central Michigan were not students at the university https://t.co/cC21T3yCSf pic.twitter.com/FWpeqaM643— David Boroff (@NYDNBoroff) March 2, 2018 Share