Victim, suspect identified in Purdue campus shooting
January 21, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University student faces a preliminary murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on campus around noon Tuesday (Jan. 21).
Cody M. Cousins, 23, of Warsaw, Ind., was taken into custody immediately following the shooting, which took place in the basement area of the Electrical Engineering Building. He was taken to the Tippecanoe County Jail, where he is currently being held.
Cousins is accused of fatally shooting Andrew F. Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wis. Both were listed as seniors in the College of Engineering.
"This was not a typical active shooting," said Purdue police chief John Cox. "It appears to be an isolated and intentional act and not a random shooting."
Cox said Cousins allegedly fired four or five shots, and then left the building. He surrendered to police just outside the east side of the Electrical Engineering Building. While Cousins was in custody within minutes, an order for the campus community to remain sheltered in place stayed in effect until about 1:15 p.m.
Tim Sands, Purdue's provost, said the decision was made to cancel classes for the remainder of Tuesday (Jan. 21) and Wednesday (Jan. 22) after he consulted with university President Mitch Daniels, who was in Colombia on a university-related trip. Daniels was making arrangements to cut short the trip and return to West Lafayette immediately.
"He (Daniels) is of course stunned and saddened as we all are by this crime," Sands said.
Sands also said that an 8 p.m. candlelight vigil scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 21) would "be the beginning of the healing process, but it will take a while."
Cox said emergency personnel arrived on the scene within minutes and secured the building. Officers from the Lafayette and West Lafayette police departments and Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department also responded. Other responders included the West Lafayette and Purdue fire departments and the Tippecanoe County Emergency Ambulance Service.
Cox said the Electrical Engineering Building remains closed as officers, including investigators from the Indiana State Police, aid in assessing the crime scene. The West Lafayette Police Department also executed a search warrant at Cousins' off-campus apartment in the 300 block of W. Stadium Ave.
The shooting, which was initially reported at 12:03 p.m., triggered the university's alert system. That system is composed of multiple layers that include text messages, outdoor sirens, mass email and the university's website.
The university is offering counseling for students, faculty and staff.
Counseling is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the Dean of Students Office, 207 Schleman Hall, phone 765-494-1747, and through Purdue Student Health Center's counseling and psychological services, 765-494-6995. The health center also has an after-hours number available from 5-8 p.m., 765-494-1724.
The Employee Assistance Program is available to see staff, faculty and students for counseling at the Center for Healthy Living, phone 765-494-0111.