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Update: One person dead after shooting on Purdue University campus

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Police have now confirmed one death following Tuesday's shooting incident the campus oPurdue University. Campus police confirm that one suspected gunman is in police custody.

Purdue University campus police Chief, John Cox told members of the press that one person was killed in Tuesday's shooting at an electrical engineering building at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The suspected gunman, identified only as "male," surrendered to a West Lafayette Police officer outside the electrical engineering building following Tuesday's shooting on the campus of Purdue University.

Police say the suspect has not been identified, further describing the suspect as uncooperative. The deceased victim has been described only as a male.

Purdue University campus police say they believe the male victim was targeted by the gunman.

The Purdue University newspaper, The Exponent reports that the victim was a teaching assistant, however, it remains unclear how the newspaper obtained the information.

Earlier today, Purdue University's official Twitter account reported a shooting on campus just before noon and that one suspect has been taken into police custody.

Original reports said rhere were no reported injuries, and campus police issued an "all clear" to students and faculty on campus except for the electical engineering building where the shooting occurred just after 1 p.m..

During a press conference, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University, Timothy D. Sands said:

"Right now, since the incident is confined to the electrical engineering building, classes are back in session."

A Purdue University student told CNN that the university warned students of the reported shooting by text message around 12:20 p.m. ET.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Department of Homeland Security partnered with privately owned public spaces such as shopping malls, airports, trains and schools to increase security measures in and around buildings where large crowds gather.

As the number of school shootings continue to rise across America, many state and local school officials have turned to the United States Department of Homeland Security for assistance. Federal assistance has been for the most part, limited to providing financial support via homeland security grants to state and local level governments.

In Indiana, a tip line was established to assist residents who wish to report suspicious activity such as crime or terrorism. The tip line is sponsored by the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Marion County Emergency Management, Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, and University of Indianapolis.

Anyone with information regarding "suspicious activity" are urged to contact the tip line at 1-877-226-1026.



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