Another School Shooting, This Time at Purdue University … 23 Year Old Cody Cousins Shot and Killed 21 Year Old Andrew Boldt Inside Electrical Engineering Building
The school was placed on lockdown Tuesday while police responded. The shooting occurred in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus. That building was evacuated and the entire campus was placed on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted around 11:45 a.m. ET/ 12:45 p.m. CT.
“Homicides are extremely rare events at Purdue, it’s shocking,” said Tim Sands, provost, Purdue University.
“No ongoing threat to campus. Resume normal operations,” the university posted to its Twitter feed.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Purdue University officials decided to cancel classes. They were also canceled for Wednesday.
Cousins surrendered within minutes outside the building by West Lafayette police, Cox said. Cox said shooter appeared to have singled out his victim, targeting no one else.
“The suspect sought out the victim, then killed the victims and then surrendered,” he said.
Police press conference naming the suspect and victim in Purdue University Shooting
A gunman shot and killed another man Tuesday inside Purdue University’s electrical engineering building, spurring worried students to scramble into the bitter cold outside for safety.
The Indiana school’s police chief said that the suspect appeared to have had just one target in mind. He left the building right after the shooting, and a city police officer arrested him.
“This appears to be an isolated and intentional act,” Purdue Police Chief John Cox said. “…The victim appeared to have been targeted by the suspect, and it was no more and no less than that.”
Cox identified the victim as Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old senior from West Bend, Wisconsin, who also worked at the school as a teaching assistant.
The suspect is Cody Cousins, a 23-year-old student in Purdue’s college of engineering who now is “booked on a preliminary charge of murder,” according to the police chief.