UPDATE: Certain details of the story below may be dated, since as of 3:12 p.m., September 16, 2020, the suspect had been brought into custody.
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A warrant has been issued for WIU freshman Kavion Poplous, 18, who allegedly shot his roommate Tuesday evening in their Thompson Hall room on the Western Illinois University Campus. Charges include Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. A search for Poplous, who fled the scene following the shooting, is underway – officials believe it to be an isolated incident. The victim was transported to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb and then transferred to another hospital. He is out of surgery as of 11:00am this morning; however, his condition is not known at this time. WIU Interim President Martin Abraham said, “Our thoughts are with our student who remains hospitalized, and we pray for a speedy recovery.” WIU Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are closed today (Wednesday) and all classes are canceled. All buildings, including residence halls, will remain locked until further notice. Counseling and support services are available to students, faculty and staff. Individuals with information should call 9-1-1 immediately or contact Macomb Area Crimestoppers (800) 222-TIPS