September 20, 2020

Police search for Western Illinois University student suspected in dorm shooting

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Western Illinois University canceled classes Wednesday after a shooting in a dormitory in Macomb. | Western Illinois University via Facebook

An 18-year-old Chicago man was charged in an arrest warrant with attempted first-degree murder.

An 18-year-old Chicago man was being sought Wednesday after a shooting inside a dormitory at Western Illinois University.

An arrest warrant was issued for Kavion Poplous, a freshman, who allegedly shot another student Tuesday night in Macomb after a “roommate dispute,” university officials said.

Poplous is considered armed and dangerous, Derek Watts, head of the university’s public safety office, said Wednesday morning at a campus news conference.

The warrant charged Poplous with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to a university statement.

Western Illinois University’s main campus is in Macomb in western Illinois, about 80 miles south of Davenport, Iowa.

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Kavion Poplous

“He’s out of surgery, and we’re waiting on updates from his family on what his status is right now. So his condition is unknown,” Watts said of the 18-year-old shooting victim. The young man was initially taken to McDonough District Hospital before being transferred to another area hospital.

The shooting happened in Thompson Hall late Tuesday, the university said.

The university’s public safety office was notified about 10:38 p.m. that a student had been shot, about the same time someone pulled a fire alarm in the dorm.

All classes were canceled Wednesday, university officials said.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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