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WIU shooting suspect turns himself in

Kavion Poplous WIU suspect
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Officers from several police agencies responded to the WIU campus Tuesday night.
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Police surround Thompson Hall Tuesday night following a shooting.

UPDATED 2:50 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

MACOMB (WGEM) -- The suspect wanted in a shooting on the Western Illinois Campus in Macomb on Tuesday surrendered to police, according to university officials.

WIU officials said Kavion Poplous, 18, turned himself into Chicago Police Wednesday afternoon.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday morning for the WIU freshman, charging him with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

"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 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."

Poplous is accused of shooting his roommate Tuesday evening in Thompson Hall.

The shooting victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital according to WIU spokesperson Darcie Shinberger.

WIU Interim President Martin Abraham said the injured student was transferred to another hospital overnight where he had surgery. His condition was not known Wednesday afternoon.

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- A Western Illinois University student was shot by his roommate in Thompson Hall Tuesday night, university officials said.

"There were no other injuries. The student was taken by ambulance to our local hospital, " WIU spokesperson Darcie Shinberger said.

The extent of the victim's injuries were not immediately known, but Shinberger said he was transferred to another hospital after begin treated at McDonough District Hospital.

Authorities were not able to find the shooter when they arrived at approximately 10:40 p.m. Police were aware of his identity and were searching for him.

The university identified the suspect as Kavion Poplous, 18, a WIU freshman. Authorities said Poplous was "armed and dangerous."

An alert was sent out via email, phone calls and texts through the university's emergency alert system, which is available to students and parents.

Officials urged students to follow instructions from police, and were told to "make sure your hands are in plain view."

Someone pulled the fire alarm after the shooting, which prompted the evacuation of the residence hall and the relocation of students to another part of campus, authorities said.

"We have members of our university counseling center who will be coming in. We have people there with our students. We're obviously taking calls from parents," Shinberger explained.

University leaders announced at 3:00 am on Wednesday that all classes were canceled for Wednesday. Officials say this includes both online and in-person classes at the Macomb and Moline campuses, as well as extension classes.

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