Teaching Assistant Arrested After Purdue Shooting

Victim was a teaching assistant who had the same professor

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2014 12:17 PM CST | Updated Jan 21, 2014 7:15 PM CST

(Newser) – One teaching assistant is dead and another in custody following a shooting at Purdue University today. Authorities say the victim is 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, who was a senior majoring in electrical engineering, reports USA Today. Police have arrested 23-year-old Cody Cousins, identified as a teaching assistant in computer engineering. Police say the gunman walked into Boldt's classroom, shot at him only, and then walked outside and turned himself in.

Police haven't speculated about a motive. Both men were teaching assistants under the same professor in the electrical engineering department, reports the Journal & Courier. Cousins has a prior arrest, in 2012, for suspicion of public intoxication. The school announced the shooting just after noon today, sending a text to students urging them to shelter in place, RTV 6 reports. That order was lifted shortly after 1:15pm, after police cleared the school's electrical engineering building, where the shooting took place.

Police evacuate students from the electrical engineering building after shots were fired.
Police evacuate students from the electrical engineering building after shots were fired.   (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)
EMS personnel speak with an Cody Cousins, 23, who was detained after a shooting inside the electrical engineering building at Purdue.
EMS personnel speak with an Cody Cousins, 23, who was detained after a shooting inside the electrical engineering building at Purdue.   (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune)
Police investigate reports of a shooting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday.
Police investigate reports of a shooting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, John Terhune)
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