- Death toll reaches 141, mostly children, in the aftermath of the Pakistani Taliban attack on a school run by the military
- The 2001 attack was carried out in the same Isla Vista community also on a Friday night
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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.
Widener University Male Student Shot on Campus … College on Lockdown, Students Asked to Remain Inside
Widener University in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania on lock-down after student shot on campus.
A student has been shot at Widener University in Pennsylvania and is being treated at a local hospital for his wounds. According to 6ABC, the shooting happened at approximately 8:45 p.m. Monday near the Schwartz Athletic Center, in the vicinity of 18th Street and Melrose Avenue. The student was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center for treatment; his condition is not known. According to the most recent news reports, there have been no arrests, the gunman is not in custody.
A student at Widener University in Pennsylvania is being treated at a local hospital after he was shot on campus and university officials warned students to remain indoors while police search for the suspected shooter, authorities said.
The school said on its website that the shooting occurred at approximately 8:45 Monday night near the Schwartz Athletic Center on the school’s campus in suburban Philadelphia.
A nursing supervisor at Crozer Chester Medical Center told the Associated Press that the victim was in surgery late Monday, but did not elaborate on his condition. The university said the student’s family had been notified.
UPDATE I: Widener University Alerts:
A Widener University student was shot in the vicinity of Schwartz Athletic Center earlier this evening at approximately 8:45 p.m. The student is currently under treatment at Crozer Chester Medical Center. His family has been notified . We are not releasing the name of the injured student at this time.
The suspect is still at large. Chester Police have secured the campus, and Chester Police believe there is no active shooter on campus.
Anyone who has any information about the shooting, please contact 610-447-7908.
Students should remain indoors until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014. Continue to check Campus Cruiser for details.
UPDATE II: Widener Student Shot, Gunman on the Loose.
Police say they have not yet spoken to the victim and so far have no information on a possible motive or description of the shooter.
Police suspect the gunman fled into the Summer Hill neighborhood of Chester, which borders the athletic center. Dogs with the K-9 unit tracked his scent in that direction, according to investigators.
Officers say they found one shell casing at the scene and believe the gunman used a revolver to fire one shot. They are currently reviewing surveillance video from the exterior of the athletic center to determine if it captured the shooting.
UPDATE III: No Arrests made yet, but the university said that the campus had been secured by police and that classes will resume Tuesday.
Dan Hanson, a spokesman for the university, said Tuesday that “all indications are this was not a random act of violence.” He would not release further details of the investigation.
Widener asked students to remain inside until 6 a.m. as police continue searching for the suspect, but the university said that the campus had been secured by police and that classes were to resume as scheduled Tuesday morning.
If anyone has any information about the shooting, please contact 610-447-7908.
COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING: Shooting at Arapahoe High School, One Injured, Gunman Dead … Gunman ID’d as 18 Year Old Karl Halverson Pierson
Sadly, another shooting to report, this time from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The shooting took place on Friday afternoon as the gunman entered the high school with a shotgun at approximately 12:33 p.m., near the student parking lot, he asked for the teacher by name. During the gun fire, a 15 year old girl was shot and injured and was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Eventually the shooter turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The school is eight miles from Columbine.
A student identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson walked into a Colorado high school with a shotgun Friday, possibly seeking revenge against a teacher, and critically wounded another student before apparently killing himself, police said.
The injured student, a 15-year-old girl, was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said a second student, initially thought to have suffered a gunshot wound, was actually not injured and only covered with blood from the first victim.
The second student was released from the hospital Friday night.
Robinson also said two Molotov cocktails were found at the scene. One was ignited either “immediately prior to or during the shots being fired,” he said, releasing a “significant amount” of smoke. The second was not deployed and rendered safe.
UPDATE I: The shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. The incident appears to be an attempted at revenge against the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy, who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team.
Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking “revenge” on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night.
Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school’s librarian, Tracy Murphy — who was head of the school’s speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators.
“We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but then I heard two more,” said senior Max Minne. “I knew it was a gun for sure.”
Minne, who was studying in the library during his 5th period class, said he started to approach the front door of the library to see what was happening.
“The shooter just ripped through the door, started yelling, ‘Where’s Murphy?’ — That’s the main librarian of the school. I saw him bust through the door of the library with a gun, so I just took off and started yelling, ‘Everyone get out! Everyone get out!’”
UPDATE II: Arapahoe High gunman held strong political beliefs, but he does not look like a Tea Party member. Actually, he appears to be a socialist.
The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School on Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, was a gifted debater and might have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.
In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as “Keynesian.”
Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing “you republicans are so cute” and posting an image that reads: “The Republican Party: Health Care: Let ‘em Die, Climate Change: Let ‘em Die, Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die, Women’s Rights: Let ‘em Die, More War: Let ‘em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?”
Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were “outside the mainstream,” but they did not elaborate.
Out of the mainstream, really? Has anyone seen lately what the Democrat/Socialist party has been spewing lately? The PJ Tatler makes a very good observation in that Pierson’s political views hardly seem out of the mainstream for Democrats or so they seem very deep thinking. They are the same as Nancy Pelosi talking points (VIDEO) against the GOP.
But oh the all too common hypocrisy from the LEFT, he mocked Republicans, “Gun Violence: Let ‘em Die,” yet Karl Halverson Pierson takes a shotgun into the high school to cause violence and death.