PU chief: shooting ‘isolated and intentional’

Photo showing Purdue University's campus after the fatal shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Photo courtesy of: Nick Steiner)
Photo showing Purdue University's campus after the fatal shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (Photo courtesy of: Nick Steiner)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Cody Cousins, 23, shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt in the basement of the Electrical Engineering building just after noon Tuesday. As information about the two men at the center of this comes out, the motive remains unknown.

“At about noon today we had a reporting of a shooting on campus. We have one suspect in custody and unfortunately one fatality,” Purdue Provost Tim Sands said.

A situation many Boilermakers have seen on the news thousands of miles away. A shooting on a college campus made its way into their own backyard Tuesday.

Investigators say 23-year-old Cody Cousins, a Purdue student, walked into the Electrical Engineering building’s basement and shot fellow student and teaching assistant 21-year-old Andrew Boldt.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox says Cousins then walked out of the building by Northwestern Avenue, unarmed, and was arrested. The whole thing lasted only a few minutes.

“Our partners in the community were listening to the scanners. They responded. We probably had 20 to 25 police officers there within a minute or two,” said Purdue Police Chief John Cox.

Cousins was booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Cox says police interviewed several witnesses who said four or five gun shots went off in the basement. What information is not known is why Cousins shot Boldt.

“This individual seemed to have had intentions for the decedent. Then took the action the individual took and then turned around and left the building,” said Cox.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels was out of the country on business but called off classes for Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Provost Tim Sands says it will be some time before the campus recovers.

“It’s not over. It’s just the beginning. I think the vigil tonight will be just the beginning of a healing process, but it will take awhile,” Sands said.

Counselors are on campus to those who need it.

Law enforcement officers say procedures were followed well and worked.

Classes went on lockdown and text messages were sent out to alert the public. Cox says before the last text alert was sent out, officers already had Cousins in custody.

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