Police say Purdue University Shooter Was Targeting a Teaching Assistant

Purdue University students, faculty, family and friends gather for a vigil for teaching assistant Andrew Boldt, 31, of West Bend, Wis., who was fatally shot on campus Jan. 21, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind. (Photo: Michael Heinz, (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier)
Purdue University students, faculty, family and friends gather for a vigil for teaching assistant Andrew Boldt, 31, of West Bend, Wis., who was fatally shot on campus Jan. 21, 2014, in West Lafayette, Ind.
(Photo: Michael Heinz, (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier)

Victim, shooter shared a major, teaching assistant positions with the same professor.

Authorities continue to look for a motive in a Purdue University shooting in which one teaching assistant targeted another.

Andrew Boldt, 21, a senior electrical engineering major from the Milwaukee suburb of West Bend, Wis., died Tuesday in the first on-campus shooting at the public university in more than 17 years.

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Cody Cousins, 23, also a senior electrical engineering major from the Dayton suburb of Centerville, Ohio, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and is being held without bond in connection with the homicide, Tippecanoe County Jail officials said.

Purdue police chief John Cox said Tuesday that Cousins did not resist when arrested and was not armed but he also was not forthcoming with information. Criminal charges against Cousins have not yet been filed; he has an initial hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday.

“I’m in shock. I’m confused. I don’t want to believe that this actually has happened,” said Thomas Gräber, a friend and former classmate who now attends Vincennes University in Indiana. “Cody is a very nonviolent person, politically and personally. He would never tell a story about getting in a fight.”

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Source: USA Today | Justin L. Mack and Hayleigh Colombo, (Lafayette, Ind.) Journal and Courier