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.
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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