One Dead, One In Custody After Shooting At Purdue

A shooter entered the Electrical Engineering building at Purdue University this afternoon and killed one person. Identities of both are still unknown.

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    Purdue University Provost Tim Sands speaks at a press conference on the shooting that occurred around noon on campus.

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    One person is in custody after a shooting on the Purdue University campus.

One person is dead and another is in police custody after a shooting occurred at Purdue University’s Electrical Engineering building just after noon today.

Purdue Police Chief  John Cox says it appears the shooting was an isolated incident. It happened just after noon on Purdue’s campus and the entire university was on lock down for about an hour and a half.

“This doesn’t appear to be what you typically would have when you have an active shooter on campus,” Cox said. “This individual seemed to have intentions for the decedent and took the action he took and turned around and left the building.”

Update 6:25 p.m.:

The Purdue University Police Department has identified the shooting victim as 21-year-old Purdue Senior Andrew Boldt from West Bend, Wisc.

The suspected shooter, Cody Cousins, a 23-year-old Purdue student, is being held in the Tippecanoe County jail on a preliminary murder charge. Cousins previously lived in Centerville, Ohio and Warsaw, Ind.

Cousins has a previous criminal record with the West Lafayette Police Department. West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says the offense was alcohol-related.

At a press conference, Purdue Police Chief  John Cox reiterated that police believed the incident to be a targeted shooting. Police are still investigating the relationship between the suspect and the victim.

The Tippecanoe County coroner will be in charge of Boldt’s autopsy.

Purdue University Provost Tim Sands says he was impressed with the efficiency of the university’s emergency alert system.

“I don’t think there was a moment where everyone didn’t know what they needed to do,” he says.

Update 4:20 p.m.:

Purdue University is canceling classes for Wednesday and offering counseling services for students, faculty and staff after today’s shooting.

Counselors will be made available to talk from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. tonight in the resident assistants’ resource room in the south towers of Cary Quadrangle, the Tarkington West activity room, Shreve Hall Jade Room, and Purdue Village community center.

University officials say counseling is regularly available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the Dean of Students Office and through Purdue Student Health Center’s counseling and psychological services.

A candlelight vigil is also scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight between Hovde Hall and the Engineering Fountain.

Update 3:20 p.m.:

A city police officer took the suspect into custody moments after the shooting.

Purdue University Police Chief John Cox says the suspect is not cooperating.  Police are not releasing the name of the victim or the suspect.

Meanwhile, classes have resumed at Purdue and police say there is no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat.

Update 2:51 p.m.:

Gov. Mike Pence issued this statement regarding the shooting:

“Today’s shooting at Purdue University is a tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community. I commend the professionalism of the West Lafayette Police Department in apprehending the suspect and bringing the situation to a swift conclusion. The Indiana State Police are on the scene and will continue to assist local law enforcement with the ongoing investigation.”

Update 2:42 p.m.:

Purdue President Mitch Daniels is on a week-long trip to Colombia, but university officials say he is “fully aware” of the situation.

He is scheduled to return in the next couple days. University officials say they do not know whether he will come back early.

Police plan to provide another update at 6 p.m.

 Update 2:37 p.m.:

“The campus is safe,” Purdue University Provost Tim Sands said at a press conference, encouraging students to resume “normal operations.”

Update 2:35 p.m.:

Lafayette Police confirm one person was shot and killed in the shooting. One male suspect is in custody.

Police say they cannot confirm the identity of the victim or the shooter.

Update 1:39 p.m.:

Purdue University’s twitter account is confirming all parts of campus, excluding the Electrical Engineering building, can return to normal operations.

Update 1:32 p.m.:

Students and staff received text messages and emails from Purdue University saying everyone in the Electrical Engineering building should continue to shelter in place but all other areas of campus may return to normal operations.

But on their Twitter page, Purdue University is telling people to continue to shelter in place.

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The university issued a “shelter in place” warning around noon. The warning is still in place.

Officials are asking the public to avoid the area.

David Boudia, an Olympic diver from Purdue University, tweeted this image of a police detaining a man.

Kyle Siemers tweeted this photo after the man appeared to be taken into custody.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Bob Eckert

    This is what you get when you make Mitch Daniels the President of Purdue. He should have issued a statement -immediately- upon hearing about the shooting. What a weasel, a true disgrace, part of the Pence, Bosma boys club.

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