Western Illinois University shooting suspect taken into custody, college cancels classes after 1 wounded


MACOMB, Ill. (NewsNation Now) — Western Illinois University freshman 18-year-old Kavion Poplous has been taken into custody in Chicago Wednesday afternoon.

According to a statement by the school, 18-year-old Kavion Poplous shot his roommate at Thompson Hall shortly after 10:30 p.m., before fleeing. Late Wednesday morning, the school announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Poplous on charges of first-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Poplous turned himself in at a Chicago Police Department (CPD) precinct and was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigations around 1:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Poplous was charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will stay closed. Campus buildings will remain locked and all campus residence halls will remain locked through the weekend.

Classes were canceled at Western Illinois University on Wednesday and all the buildings locked down as police searched for the student who allegedly shot and wounded his roommate in their dormitory room on Tuesday night, the school said.

“I want to thank the swift work of our Office of Public Safety and other law enforcement personnel and first responders for the assistance they provided,” said Western Illinois University Interim President Martin Abraham.

“I’d also like to thank law enforcement, as well as our student services staff and so many others, who worked quickly to ensure our students’ safety. Our thoughts are with our student who remains hospitalized, and we pray for a speedy recovery.”

University spokeswoman Darcie Shinberger said the shooting happened inside the dorm room where the two lived. She said investigators are still trying to determine the motive and said that the other student, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized. Later in the day, the school announced that the student was out of surgery but that officials there did not yet know his condition.

NewsNation affiliate WMBD and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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