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Detective reveals what witnesses described the night a WIU student was shot

MACOMB (WGEM) — New information was revealed Tuesday in the McDonough County Circuit Court as to what happened the night a Western Illinois University student was allegedly shot by his roommate.

Kavion Poplous, 18, of Chicago, who is charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, appeared in McDonough County Circuit Court for a Preliminary Hearing on Tuesday.

During the proceedings, WIU Office of Public Safety Detective Matthew Haslam relayed the events from witnesses before and after the alleged shooting.

One of those witnesses was Josh Smith who is a Resident Assistant in Thompson Hall and was in the dorm room on September 15 when the shooting occurred.

Haslam reported that Poplous and his roommate Amarian Hargrove had been arguing for some time over two girls.

Haslam said that Hargrove shoved Poplous, who responded by pulling a 9mm pistol out of his backpack and attempting to shoot Hargove.

Poplous pulled the trigger once and nothing happened, Haslam said. Poplous then cocked the gun and shot Hargove in the leg.

Haslam added that Hargove fell to the ground and Poplous shot him 4 more times in the abdomen.

Poplous then fled Thompson Hall and met the two girls the roommates had been arguing about outside the building.

Witnesses said Poplous hugged one of the girls and said he would be gone for a while.

Haslam said that witnesses reported seeing Poplous throw a gun into a wooded area, get into a car, and head north.

Also during Tuesday’s court appearance, McDonough County Assistant States Attorney Scott Terry revealed the condition of Hargove.

Terry said after two surgeries, Hargrove was left with a fractured femur and now walks with a cane or a walker. Terry also said that doctors had to remove 12 inches of Hargrove’s intestine.

The judge also denied a motion for a bond reduction from Poplous’ attorney, Venus Brown. Poplous’ bond is set at $1 million.

Poplous could face 6-30 years in prison for the two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder and up to 15 years for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

Poplous’ defense attorney said Poplous pleads not guilty.

Poplous is set to appear in court on January 5th for pre-trial.

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