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Western Illinois University student shot at residence hall; police seeking suspect; campus closed

Western Illinois University student shot at residence hall; police seeking suspect; campus closed

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MACOMB -- A Western Illinois University student was shot late Tuesday night at a residence hall on campus, according to authorities.

Police were seeking the suspect. WIU identified him early Wednesday as freshman student Kavion Poplous, 18. He was considered armed and dangerous.

A news conference regarding the shooting was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at WIU.

The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Hall, a dormitory at 1200 N. Western Ave. in Macomb.

At the same time, a fire alarm was activated and the residence hall was evacuated, according to WIU.

The university stated the shooting was related to a dispute between roommates and that the victim knew his assailant, who fled. Police believe it to be an isolated incident.

The victim was not identified, nor was the nature of his injuries. He was transported to McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, then to another medical facility, according to WIU. That facility was not identified.

Classes scheduled for Wednesday at the WIU campuses in Macomb and Moline were canceled. That included online and extension classes.

Buildings on both campuses, including residence halls, were to be closed and locked Wednesday.

Medical, health-care, counseling and facilities-management employees were to report to work as scheduled. Other employees might also be expected to work, depending on whether their jobs were deemed essential.

An emergency alert was issued to all WIU students, faculty and staff. Thompson Hall residents were relocated. Counseling was to be available Wednesday.

Classes in Macomb School District 185 also were canceled.

A LinkedIn webpage lists a Kavion Poplous as being from Chicago and as being a freshman at WIU. He is listed as a business and marketing student and as a graduate of Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago.

"I'm from 'Englewood' that's the south side of Chicago and I just want to have an impacted (sic) on my youth to show them rapping and playing ball is not the only way to make it out the hood," a message on the LinkedIn page stated.

Those with information regarding the alleged crime or Poplous' whereabouts were asked to call 911or Macomb-area CrimeStoppers at 836-2222.

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