Kavion Poplous is a freshman at Western Illinois University accused of shooting down his roommate on the night of September 15. The incident was described as “isolated”.
According to a report from the school, there was an armed attack at the Thompson Hall dormitory building on the school’s Macomb campus at 22:38. Suspect and victim, residents of Thompson Hall. During the conflict, a fire alarm was sounded in the building and the building was evacuated. A male student was shot in the incident. Poplous, 18-year-old suspect fled the scene. The statement stated that Poplous was “armed and dangerous”.
Kavion Poplous Suspect
As a result of the conflict, all lectures at Western Illinois University were suspended on September 16. “All buildings, including dormitories, will be locked,” the press release said. At the time of writing on September 16, the authorities were looking for Poplous. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and armed with a black pistol. Scanner traffic showed that Poplous may be driving a black Nissan Altima with a license plate that says CA91734.
WEEK reported that the victim was taken to McDonough Regional Hospital in Macomb and then transferred to another hospital. The exit reported that the victim’s condition was not disclosed.
WGEM said the victim was not named, but a WIU spokesman said Poplous was her roommate at the dorm.
A few cruisers with ISP remain outside of Thompson Hall in Macomb at Western Illinois University. A student was shot by his roommate in the residence hall just before 10:40 p.m. His condition is not known at this time. The suspected shooter, 18YO Kavion Poplous, is still at large pic.twitter.com/q3R9wftbqD
— Courtney Spinelli (@CourtSpinelliTV) September 16, 2020
Western Illinois University has an unarmed campus, in a message read on the university’s website. Only those “exempted by federal or state laws or University regulations to carry firearms” can do this on campus. The policy covers students, employees and “individuals visiting or running business at WIU”. The penalty for a student found to carry a firearm on the school campus may be “including expulsion from WIU and up to this”.
According to his LinkedIn page, Poplous is a Chicago native and attended Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago. Poplous graduated from high school in 2020. Poplous said on his page, “I’m from ‘Englewood’ in the south side of Chicago and I want to impress my youth to show them that they rap and that ball play is not the only one. way out of the hood. “Poplous said he was active in high school trail and poetry communities.
Poplous said on his LinkedIn profile that he was “very despicable” and “did his best to understand”. Poplous described his first “real job” as a barista at Starbucks, where “he worked for [his] future. I gave my all and it’s something special for me, that my priorities are the number one thing.” Poplous said he would take care of “everything” that would help him in the future. Poplous gave his skills to critical thinking, strategy, and leadership.
Poplous launched its own podcast in July 2020. In the most recent episode, Poplous talked about the effects of COVID-19 on education.