CHICAGO (CBS) – Kavion Poplous, the Western Illinois University freshman wanted by shooting his roommate in a residence Tuesday night, turned himself in to police in Chicago.
Poplous, 18, turned himself in to Chicago police Wednesday afternoon at the Gresham District Station on the south side. Poplous is a student at WIU in Macomb, about 220 miles west of Chicago, but is originally from Chicago.
Western Illinois University had identified Poplous as the student who shot his roommate in the Thompson Hall dormitory around 10:30 p.m. after an "incident related to a dispute with a roommate." At the same time, authorities said a fire alarm was activated and the building was evacuated
Authorities said he fled the scene and was considered armed and dangerous. An arrest warrant for Poplous charges him with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated discharge of a firearm
An emergency alert was previously issued to the university community.
“All classes scheduled at Western Illinois University on Wednesday, September 16 have been canceled. This includes online and in-person classes on the Macomb and Moline campuses, as well as extension classes, ”said University officials.
All classes scheduled at Western Illinois University on Wednesday, September 16 have been canceled. This includes online and in-person classes at the Macomb and Moline campuses, as well as extension classes.
– Western Illinois University (@WesternILUniv) September 16, 2020
A university spokesperson said the victim is in the hospital and out of surgery. Its status is unknown at this time.
Police are searching for the suspect and are asking anyone with information to call 9-1-1 or contact Macomb Area Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS or 309-836-2222.
This is a developing story.