Student shot at Western Illinois University, shooter on the loose

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MACOMB, Ill. (WHBF)–According to Western Illinois University officials, shortly after 10:30 pm on September 15 the Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety was notified of a student who had been shot in Thompson Hall on the Macomb Campus. At the same time, a fire alarm pull station was activated in Thompson, and the building was evacuated.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, officials say a male resident of Thompson 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. Police have identified the suspect as 18-year-old freshman Kavion Poplous. Officials say he is considered armed and dangerous.

18-year-old WIU freshman Kevin Poplous

The victim was transported to McDonough District Hospital and transferred to another hospital. His condition is unknown. 

Residents of Thompson Hall have been relocated.

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