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Accused WIU shooter appears in court

CHICAGO (WGEM) — A Western Illinois University student accused of shooting his roommate appeared in Cook County Thursday, where his bond was set at $1 million.

The McDonough County Sheriff’s Office now has 30 days bring Kavion Poplous, 18, of Chicago, back to Macomb if he doesn’t post bond.

Poplous, a freshman at WIU, is charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

Poplous allegedly shot his roommate Tuesday night in WIU’s Thompson Hall.

Poplous fled the scene. He turned himself into law enforcement in Chicago on Wednesday.

Thompson Hall at WIU was evacuated Wednesday night after a student shot their roommate.

Students said the moments after a shooting on the campus of Western Illinois University were filled with chaos and fear.

Not only were classes at WIU canceled on Wednesday, but also at Macomb Public Schools due to Poplous still being armed and at large.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday morning and Poplous, who had fled to Chicago turned himself in to Chicago Police Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital Tuesday night 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 as of Thursday morning.

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