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article imagePolice: Suspected Purdue University shooter targeted victim

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 22, 2014 in Crime
West Lafayette - After the gunman shot and killed a fellow undergraduate teaching assistant Tuesday afternoon, he turned around, walked outside, and waited on police to arrest him, authorities said.
Andrew Boldt, 21, was in class when police say he was shot and killed by a fellow student, 23-year-old Cody Mark Cousins.
The shooting occurred around noon in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building on Purdue University's West Lafayette campus, The Indianapolis Star reported.
"Well I was in the room adjacent to the one that the shooting took place. I heard a couple gunshots, I heard a man scream and then there were a couple more gunshots I don't know how many were taken," Nick Welland, a Purdue student, said, according to ABC7Chicago.
That building was evacuated and the entire campus was placed on lockdown Tuesday while police responded.
"I heard, 'Get down, get down, get down' all throughout the building," said Purdue sophomore Kirk Choquette, The Indianapolis Star stated.
The school sent text messages about the shooting to students asking them to take shelter where they were.
Purdue Police Chief John Cox said it wasn't too hard to find the suspect.
"This individual ... took the actions the individual took, then turned around and left the building," Cox said.
No one else was injured.
Victim seemed to have been targeted suspect
Cousins of Centerville, Ohio, was arrested and booked around 5PM at the Tippecanoe County Jail. According to Tippecanoe's booking records, Cousins is charged with murder, or the intentional killing of another.
That means, according to Indiana law, if convicted, Cousins could be sentenced to "a fixed term of between forty-five (45) and sixty-five (65) years" in prison.
"We have developed information through several witnesses that the victim seemed to have been targeted by the suspect. It was no more, no less than that," Cox added.
Cousins and Boldt were undergraduate teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, The Indianapolis Star reported. They were assistants for classes taught by Professor David Meyer. Chief Cox said the exact relationship between the suspect and the victim is unknown, The Star writes, and he said there has been "little to no cooperation with the individual we took into custody."
Cousins is currently held without bond and is scheduled in court tomorrow at 2:30PM, according to jail records.
The school remained closed Tuesday, the Purdue Exponent reported. Purdue University officials have also canceled all classes for Wednesday. Counseling is available for students attempting to cope with this tragedy.
'Potential to make world a better place'
Hundreds of people gathered on Purdue University's campus Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil remembering the Purdue senior. Boldt was a West End, Wisc. resident and an Eagle Scout.
"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, Boldt's calculus teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, said, her voice cracking.
"He had a great mind but he also had a great heart. I'm just sad he won't get an opportunity to realize his dreams, to make his contribution to the world," she said.
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