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Student shot and injured in reported 'roommate dispute' on WIU's Macomb campus

The statement said a shooter was reported at Thompson Hall, which is a dorm that houses about 1,000 students.

UPDATE: The teen accused of being involved in the shooting is in custody. Full coverage and the latest information is available HERE. 

UPDATE: Western Illinois University held a press conference at 10 a.m. on the Macomb campus after one student was injured in a shooting. Office of Public Safety Interim Director Derek Watts and Interim President Martin Abraham gave statements.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the 18-year-old suspect, Kavion Poplous. 

The student who was shot and injured is out of surgery, according to Abraham, but his condition is currently unknown. 

Abraham commended the Macomb community for stepping up and showing support for the university. He also acknowledged the efforts of student Resident Advisors (RAs) and staff of the university.

An investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Both in-person and online classes on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses will be canceled Wednesday.

Both campuses will be closed and all buildings are locked. 

Counseling and support services are available to students faculty and staff at 309-298-2453.

ORIGINAL: A student was shot and injured at Western Illinois University's campus in a dorm, according to a statement from the university. 

The statement said the shooting was reported at Thompson Hall, which is a dorm that houses about 1,000 students.  The shooting happened at 10:38 p.m. Tuesday, September 15th.  At the same time a fire alarm was pulled, prompting an evacuation.

The injured student, a resident of Thompson Hall, was taken to an area hospital. The statement said he and the shooter knew each other. The shooter fled the scene.

"The incident was related to a roommate dispute," read the statement, "and police believe this is an isolated incident."

According to the university's statement, police have identified a suspect in the shooting, 18-year-old freshman, Kavion Poplous. Police are searching for him; he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.

Read the full, updated statement from the university, here.

Credit: Kavion Poplous - image from WIU

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