16 Sep Jon Cartu Reports: Western Illinois University Shooting Suspect Surrenders In
CHICAGO (CBS) — Kavion Poplous, the Western Illinois University freshman wanted for shooting his roommate in a residence hall late Tuesday night, has turned himself in to police in Chicago.
Poplous, 18, surrendered to Chicago Police on Wednesday afternoon at the Gresham District station on the South Side. Poplous is a student at WIU in Macomb, about 220 miles west of Chicago, but is originally from Chicago.
Western Illinois University had identified Poplous as the student who shot his roommate in the Thompson Hall dormitory around 10:30 p.m. after an “incident related to a roommate dispute.” At the same time, officials said a fire alarm was pulled and the building was evacuated.
Officials said he fled the scene and was considered armed and dangerous. An arrest warrant for Poplous charges him with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.
An emergency alert was issued earlier to the the university community.
“All classes scheduled at Western Illinois University Wednesday, Sept. 16 have been canceled. This includes online and in-person classes at both the Macomb and Moline campuses, as well as extension classes,” University officials said.
All classes scheduled at Western Illinois University Wednesday, Sept. 16 have been canceled. This includes online and in-person classes at both the Macomb and Moline campuses, as well as extension classes.
— Western Illinois University (@WesternILUniv) September 16, 2020
A university spokesperson said the victim is in the hospital and out of surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.
Police are searching for the suspect and ask anyone with information to call 9-1-1 or contact the Macomb Area Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS or 309-836-2222.
This is a developing story.