Purdue Univ. Shooting Suspect, Victim ID’ed
By Mike Perleberg
(West Lafayette, Ind.) – One person is dead and another is in jail after a shooting in the electrical engineering building at Purdue University Tuesday.
Gunfire erupted in the building around noon. Cody Cousins, 23, of Warsaw, Indiana, allegedly shot Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wisconsin, to death. Cousins turned himself in shortly after the shooting in which he fired off four or five shots, then left the building, said Purdue police chief John Cox.
“This was not a typical active shooting,” Cox said in a statement. “It appears to be an isolated and intentional act and not a random shooting.”
A possible motive for the shooting has not been released. Seniors Cousins and Boldt were both undergrad teaching assistants for an engineering professor. Purdue Police Chief John Cox said Cousins has shown little to no cooperation with investigators since he was taken into custody.
The entire Purdue campus was put on lockdown for about 90 minutes following the shooting. Classes for the remainder of the day Tuesday as well as Wednesday were cancelled.
A candlelight vigil was held by students and staff Tuesday evening. Purdue provost Tim Sands said the vigil would “be the beginning of the healing process, but it will take a while.” Counselors are being made available to students and staff at the Dean of Students’ office.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels – Indiana’s former governor – was in Columbia on a university-related trip Tuesday. He was making plans to return to campus immediately, school officials said.
Daniels did issue a written statement on the shooting:
“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.
“Our prayers tonight are with Andrew and with his parents, who have suffered a loss beyond calculation or consolation. In our grief, we pause to thank this event’s organizers, but equally each person in attendance. Through your caring witness, you are demonstrating your love for the Boldts, and for each other in the very special community we call ‘Boilermakers.’”
Cody Cousins is a graduate of Springboro High School in Centerville, Ohio. School officials told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Cousins was an exceptional student with no disciplinary problems.