Police: WIU shooting suspect in custody in Chicago

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — The shooting suspect that left one student injured at Western Illinois University late Tuesday night is now in custody, according to authorities.

WIU University Relations announced, freshman Kavion Poplous, 18, of Chicago, is in custody in Chicago. Poplous turned himself in at the Chicago Police Department precinct and was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigations around 1:30 p.m. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Poplous is accused of shooting his roommate following an argument in their Thompson Hall dorm room just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to WIU spokesperson Darcie Shinberger.

Officials said the male victim is out of surgery, but there is no word on his condition. He was rushed to McDonough District Hospital following the shooting, then taken to another area hospital.

Shinberger did not know what caused the dispute between the roommates.

WIU sent out an alert just before 11:30 a.m. to the campus community saying a student had been shot in Thompson Hall.

Students in Thompson Hall were evacuated shortly after the incident when a smoke alarm went off, but it’s unclear what made the alarm go off. Students have since returned to their dorm rooms. WIU Office of Public Safety is staged near the entrance to Thompson to only allow residents in.

WIU, Macomb School District and Spoon River College canceled in-person and online classes Wednesday due to the ongoing situation.

First responders from Macomb Police Department, McDonough County Sheriff’s Department, Macomb Fire Department, Warren County Sheriff, Monmouth Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police among other agencies responded to the scene.

WIU, Macomb School District and Spoon River College canceled in-person and online classes Wednesday due to the ongoing situation. The WIU Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will reopen Thursday but campus buildings will remain locked through the end of Wednesday. Residence halls will remain locked through the weekend.

Thompson Hall is located in the northwest corner of campus near the intersection of University Dr. and Western Ave.