Purdue Senior in Custody After Allegedly Shooting, Killing Another Student

Classes on campus remain cancelled on Wednesday, and police continue to investigate the crime scene.

Purdue University student Cody Cousins, 23, faces preliminary charges of murder for the shooting death of Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old Purdue student, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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A senior at Purdue University was taken into custody Tuesday after he allegedly shot and killed another student, university officials said.

Cody Cousins, 23, was taken into custody just after the shooting in the basement area of the university's Electrical Engineering building, where police say he fired four to five shots, killing 21-year-old Andrew Boldt – who police said was also a teaching assistant – before leaving the building. Police ordered the campus to remain sheltered in place for about an hour following the shooting, which occurred at approximately 12:03 p.m.

"Violent crime, whenever and wherever it occurs, shocks our conscience and incites our rage," said university President Mitch Daniels, who was out of town on a university-related trip at the time of the shooting. "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."

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Daniels went on to thank attendees at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night, during which his statement was delivered, calling the incident "a loss beyond calculation or consolation."

Classes at the university, located in West Lafayette, Ind., were cancelled for the remainder of the day Tuesday and on Wednesday.

Although police have not yet determined a motive in the shooting, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said in a statement that it was "not a typical active shooting."

"It appears to be an isolated and intentional act and not a random shooting," Cox said.

Emergency personnel – including officers from the Lafayette and West Lafayette police departments – were at the scene within minutes of the shooting, Cox said.

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Officers are still investigating the crime scene in the Electrical Engineering building, as well as Cousins' off-campus apartment in the 300 block of W. Stadium Ave., about half a mile from the scene of the shooting.

The shooting at Purdue comes on the heels of five other shootings this month, including one the night before at Widener University in Chester, Pa., which left one student in critical but stable condition.

"Andrew Boldt was a young man who had the potential to make the world a better place. He was a phenomenal young man," Jean Morrell, one of Boldt's high school teachers, told Time magazine. "He had a great mind but he also had a great heart. I'm just sad he won't get the opportunity to realize his dreams, to make his contribution to the world."

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