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Student dead in Purdue shooting; suspect in custody

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Purdue University reported a shooting on campus Tuesday. (Source: WTHR/CNN) Purdue University reported a shooting on campus Tuesday. (Source: WTHR/CNN)

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (RNN) - A shooter at Purdue University killed one person at the electrical engineering building Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Andrew F. Boldt from the West Bend, WI, area. He was a senior at Purdue.

The suspected gunman, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, has been booked in the Tippecanoe County jail on a preliminary charge of murder. Cousins was also a senior enrolled in the College of Engineering.

The victim "appeared to have been targeted" said Purdue Police Chief John Cox. "It was not an active shooter incident."

Cox said the shooter allegedly fired four to five shots, then left the building.

The shooting took place around noon ET. The building remains shut down by police.

 

Classes have been canceled through Wednesday and counselors are being made available to students, faculty and staff.

"Violent crime, whenever and wherever it occurs, shocks our conscience and incites our rage. When it happens in our home, to a family member - and as a Boilermaker Andrew Boldt was family to us - those emotions are more powerful still," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels, in a statement.

"Our prayers tonight are with Andrew and with his parents, who have suffered a loss beyond calculation or consolation."

Students were asked to shelter in place for nearly an hour. Multiple emergency vehicles were parked outside the electrical engineering building in the immediate aftermath, as law enforcement officials moved about.

A candelight vigil has been scheduled for Tuesday night.

The land-grant university was founded May 6, 1869, with money from John Purdue. The school specializes in science and engineering.

It has an enrollment of nearly 40,000.

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