WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."
Police haven't determined why Cody Cousins, 23, shot Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old teaching assistant from West Bend, Wis., inside the school's Electrical Engineering Building about noon Tuesday.
Purdue Police Chief John Cox said witnesses believed the shooting was "an intentional act" but said there was no immediate indication that Cousins and Boldt had past troubles.
No one else was injured, and Cousins is being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.
The shooting at the school about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis prompted Purdue President Mitch Daniels to cut short a weeklong university trip to Colombia and cancel classes Tuesday and Wednesday.
"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," Daniels said in a statement read Tuesday night at a campus vigil, which was attended by hundreds.
University officials praised the police response, but the shooting left many students jittery.
"I heard a couple (shots) and then I heard a man scream," said sophomore Nick Wieland, who told the Journal & Courier that he was in a classroom adjacent to the one where the shooting occurred. "Then the last few kind of trailed off as I got under my desk. (I was) just very scared. That's what I felt the entire time."
Cousins surrendered to a police officer outside the building after firing four or five shots, Cox said.