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No motive in fatal student shooting at Purdue University

(Updated) A 21-year-old teaching assistant, Andrew Boldt, was shot dead inside the Electrical Engineering building at Purdue University on Jan. 21 around noon. The shooter, another Purdue student, identified as Cody Cousins, 23, walked outside and surrendered to police immediately following the shooting.

Still no motive in the fatal student shooting at Purdue. (pictured, student shooter Cody Cousins)
West Lafayette Police
Police have had previous contact with the student shooter.
Purdue University/Facebook

The gunfire sent students scrambling out of the building into the frigid West Lafayette, Ind. cold, according to CNN. Students reported hearing four or five gunshots inside the building.

Police believe that the shooting was intentional and that young Mr. Boldt was specifically singled out.

"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."

Andrew Boldt was a senior at Purdue from West Bend, Wis.

The student shooter, Cody Cousins, was booked by West Lafayette police on a preliminary charge of murder.

By 6 p.m. West Lafayette police had executed a search warrant on Cousins' home, with city police Chief Jason Dombkowski saying his officers had "previous contact with the suspect (for what) I believe (was) an alcohol offense."

Currently there is no motive for the shooting, and no details regarding the relationship between Cody Cousins and his victim, Andrew Boldt.

Student Ben Snyder, a senior at Purdue, knew something was up as soon as he heard the gunfire.

"We heard it immediately and everyone was like, 'OK, let's go."

Snyder said that police with assault rifles arrived on the scene very quickly and witnessed several people being cuffed, one "with blood on his hands."

Police Chief Cox said: "You train and plan, and train and plan for one of these incidents and hope it never happens. But unfortunately, it did."

After the shooting, Purdue officials sent text alerts to the student population informing everyone to shelter in place. The shelter in place alert was lifted by 1:30 p.m.

The campus remained open for the next few hours; but later in the day the decision was made to cancel classes for the remainder of the day Tuesday, and all day Wednesday.

A candlelight vigil was held on campus Tuesday night, despite the below freezing temperatures.

Purdue’s president, Mitch Daniels, a former Ind. governor, said:

"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."

Update: Turns out, both the alleged shooter, Cody Cousins, and victim Andrew Boldt were both teaching assistants for electrical engineering courses, according to information shared by The Los Angeles Times.

Both students were also engineering students.

Ind. Governor Mike Pence released a statement saying:

“Today's shooting at Purdue University is a tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community."

"I commend the professionalism of the West Lafayette Police Department in apprehending the suspect and bringing the situation to a swift conclusion. The Indiana State Police are on the scene and will continue to assist local law enforcement with the ongoing investigation."

For more on the Purdue University shooting, see the video accompanying this article.

Also yesterday:

Student shot on Widener University campus overnight, gunman still at large

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