Officials: Attempted murder warrant issued for suspect in Western Illinois University shooting

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 1:02 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 7:14 AM CDT
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MACOMB, Ill. (KWQC) - A warrant for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and aggravated discharge of a firearm has been issued for an 18-year-old Western Illinois University student who school officials say shot a student during an apparent “roommate dispute” at Thompson Hall Tuesday night.

Officials told TV6 a statewide “be on the lookout” alert has been issued for Kavion Poplous. Officials said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Officials ask anyone with information to call 911 immediately or contact the Macomb Area Crimestoppers 800-222-TIPS or 309-836-2222. You can also submit a tip here.

Derek Watts, interim director of the Office of Public Safety, and Interim President Martin Abraham held a short media briefing Wednesday.

Around 10:38 p.m. Tuesday, the university’s Office of Public Safety was notified of a student who had been shot at Thompson Hall, officials said in a media release. At the same time, a fire alarm pull station was activated in Thompson, and the building was evacuated, according to the release.

Officials said a male student was shot by a person known to him, who then fled the scene. The incident, officials said, is believed to be related to a roommate dispute. They added police believe it is an isolated incident.

The injured student was transported to McDonough District Hospital and transferred to another hospital. His condition is unknown, officials said in the release.

Just after 5 a.m., officials said the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will be closed Wednesday. All buildings, including residence halls, will be locked.

Counseling and support services are available to students, faculty, and staff. Officials said individuals needing service can call 309-298-2453. Counselors will be working with students in the halls.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact 911 immediately.

This is a developing story. KWQC will bring more updates as they become available.

Kavion Poplous, 18, a freshman at Western Illinois University in Macomb, is wanted in...
Kavion Poplous, 18, a freshman at Western Illinois University in Macomb, is wanted in connection with a shooting at Thompson Hall Tuesday night.(KWQC/Western Illinois University)

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