1 Dead, 1 Arrested After Purdue University Shooting

Published 01/21 2014 03:16PM

Updated 01/22 2014 10:03AM

It's a scene played out on television way to often these days, a gunmen opens fire on a school campus. Now it's happened right here in the Hoosier State as classes at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus were interrupted when the school was put on lockdown after reports that a shooting occurred in the Electrical Engineering Building.

WFFT's Tara Petitt spoke with Purdue University students and officials who shared exclusive photos and information regarding the deadly shooting.

"About noon today we had a report of a shooting on campus.  We have 1 suspect in custody and unfortunately, one fatality."

Purdue University was on lockdown after an unidentified shooter fired multiple shots in the Electrical Engineering Building around lunch time.  Chief John Cox, with the Purdue University Police, told the media that the victim appeared to be targeted, as the shooter did not pursue any other victims.

"I want to make it clear that this doesn't appear to be what you would typically have as an active shooter on campus.  This individual seems to have had intentions for the decedent, and took the action the individual took."

By 1:00pm, one person was taken into custody, and students were able to be evacuated. 

Sam Borthwick is a student at Purdue University, and lives in a fraternity with Matt Kojy.  Borthwick tells WFFT that his fraternity brother was in the Electrical Engineering Lab at the time of the shooting.

"He was just working and he heard gunfire and so he went under his desk and he saw blood and a body and stuff.  He was pretty close to the door so he just ran out."

Borthwick tells WFFT that Kojy believes the victim was his teacher's assistant. 

Students attending IPFW in Fort Wayne were put on a false alarm when Purdue West Lafayette's tech system sent out a mass text message to both IPFW and Purdue West Lafayette students, warning them of an on-campus shooter.

"I was pretty worried.  I was trying to figure out what was going on and then I got another text message that said there was NO active shooter, and felt a lot better at that point but it was pretty scary at first."

WFFT attempted to reach out to IPFW concerning the text messages that worried so many of their students, but have yet to hear a reply.

"You don't want people to be alarmed and freaked out about something like that if there's nothing going on."

Classes at Purdue University are suspended through Wednesday and students there are now being offered free counseling services.

UPDATE: The Purdue Police Department, confirmed the identity of the victim and the shooter.

The victim was 21 year old Andrew Boltd.

The alleged gunmen who was taken into custody, 23 year old Purdue student Cody Cousins.

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