PU Police: One dead in campus shooting

Photo of police taking a suspect into custody. (Photo courtesy of: The Exponent)
Photo of police taking a suspect into custody. (Photo courtesy of: The Exponent)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue Police Chief John Cox has confirmed one person is dead after a shooting on Purdue’s campus Tuesday afternoon.

A male suspect was taken into custody after police said he went into the Electrical Engineering Building and shot a male he was targeting.

Students tell News 18 they heard ‘three loud bangs’ and heard ‘people screaming.’ They said when police arrived, one officer pulled the fire alarm and told students to evacuate the building.

Chief Cox said they have the shooter in custody at Purdue University Police headquarters. During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Cox said the shooter was not being cooperative.

No names have yet been released.

A university spokesperson said the shooting took place shortly after noon in the Electrical Engineering Building.

During the press conference, Purdue University Provost Tim Sands said a text alert requested people shelter in place. Sands said he believed the text alert worked ‘very well.’

The shelter was lifted about an hour after the shooting and Chief Cox said there is no ongoing threat to campus. However, the Electrical Engineering building will remain closed until further notice.

President Mitch Daniels is aware of the situation, but is on a trip in Colombia until further notice.

Another Purdue press conference will be held at 6 p.m. News 18 will have the latest live from the scene at 5 and 6 o’clock.

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Our sister station, WISH-TV, has provided aerial footage from Chopper 8 of the scene.

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