Suspected surrender in Illinois college shooting Chicago, school says

During a dispute at the university on Wednesday, a student at Illinois College handed himself over to the authorities, accusing him of shooting his roommate.

18-year-old Kavian Poplos is accused of shooting his roommate at Thompson Hall on the Western Illinois University campus around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night. The school said on its Facebook page that Popple was taken into custody by the FBI on Wednesday afternoon.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and firearms discharge.

Western Illinois University freshman Kevian Poplus fled campus Tuesday night after allegedly shooting his roommate. The school canceled all classes on Wednesday and closed all buildings and residence halls.
(Western Illinois University)

“I would like to thank our Office of Public Safety and other law enforcement personnel and those who work fast for the help they provide,” said University of Interim President Martin Abraham. “I would like to thank law enforcement, as well as our student services staff and many others who worked quickly to ensure the safety of our students. Our thoughts are with our student who remains hospitalized Are, and we pray for a speedy recovery. ”

Poplas, Macomb, Ill., – A freshman at the university, escaped after the shooting. The victim, who is not publicly identified, was rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery. His condition was not known, the school said.

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As a precaution, all campus buildings and residence halls were closed on Wednesday and all in-person and online classes were canceled. The university will resume regular operations on Thursday.

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It was not clear what led to the shooting. University spokesman Darcy Shinberger told WIFR-TV that the shooting occurred in a dorm room. Investigators are trying to determine a motive.