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WIU shooting suspect turns himself in

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- The suspect wanted in a shooting on the Western Illinois Campus in Macomb on Tuesday surrendered to police, according to university officials.

WIU officials said Kavion Poplous, 18, of Chicago turned himself in to Chicago Police Wednesday afternoon.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday morning for the WIU freshman, charging him with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

"I want to thank the swift work of our Office of Public Safety and other law enforcement personnel and first responders for the assistance they provided," said Interim President Martin Abraham.

"I'd also like to thank law enforcement, as well as our student services staff and so many others, who worked quickly to ensure our students' safety. Our thoughts are with our student who remains hospitalized, and we pray for a speedy recovery."

Poplous is accused of shooting his roommate Tuesday evening in Thompson Hall.

The shooting victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital according to WIU spokesperson Darcie Shinberger.

WIU Interim President Martin Abraham said the injured student was transferred to another hospital overnight where he had surgery. His condition was not known Wednesday afternoon.

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