Western Illinois University Locks Down After Student Allegedly Shot His Roommate, Fled

Western Illinois University Locks Down After Student Allegedly Shot His Roommate, Fled


Western Illinois University cancelled all classes and locked down Wednesday morning after a student reportedly shot and wounded his roommate Tuesday night, according to the school.

Kavion Poplous, an 18-year-old student, allegedly shot his roommate around 10:30 p.m. before fleeing the scene, according to a university statement reported by ABC News. An arrest warrant has been issued for Poplous on charges of first-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm, the school said in a statement. (RELATED: Fordham University Punishes Student For Picture Of Gun In Off-Campus Home 

“The victim was transported to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb and then transferred to another hospital. He is currently out of surgery; however, his condition is not known at this time,” the statement read.

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.

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— Western Illinois University (@WesternILUniv) September 16, 2020

Investigators have yet to determine the motive for the shooting, but believe it was an isolated incident — the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, per the statement.

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