Western Illinois University Shooting: Kavion Poplous, a freshman suspect in WIU Shooting
Western Illinois University freshman, Kavion Poplous is accused of shooting his roommate on the night of September 15. The incident was described as “isolated.”
According to Western Illinois University , the shooting happened just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday inside Thompson Hall at the school’s Macomb campus.
The school’s public safety department was responding to the scene when they say a fire alarm was pulled at the building and the residence hall was evacuated.
Early Wednesday morning, the school released an update saying a male student was shot “by a person known to him, who then fled the scene.”
“The incident was related to a roommate dispute, and police believe this is an isolated incident,” the school said in its alert, adding that a search for the suspect was underway.
The suspect in the shooting was identified as 18-year-old freshman Kavion Poplous, who authorities said “is considered armed and dangerous.”
Information on the student shot, including his condition, was not immediately released.
As a result of the shooting, all classes at Western Illinois University were suspended on September 16. The press release adds, “All buildings, including residence halls, will be locked.” At the time of writing, authorities are searching for Poplous. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and was armed with a black pistol. Scanner traffic indicates that Poplous could be driving a black Nissan Altima with a license plate reading CA91734.