Student Charged in Fatal Shooting at Purdue University

Cody Mark Cousins accused of murdering fellow engineering student

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    Campus police chief John Cox said one person was killed in a shooting in a Purdue University classroom building. One person was taken into custody. (Published Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014)

    Charges were filed Thursday against a Purdue University engineering student accused of fatally shooting a teaching assistant at the Indiana school.

    Cody Mark Cousins, 23, was charged with murdering 21-year-old Andrew F. Boldt Tuesday afternoon in a basement classroom in the electrical engineering building.

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    Purdue University Provost Tim Sands said the school had resumed normal operations after a shooting left one person dead on campus. The Electrical Engineering Building where the shooting happened remained closed. (Published Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014)

    Court documents revealed Boldt sustained knife wounds as well as gunshot wounds. Police located a handgun on the ground in the classroom, according to the documents, as well as several spent shell casings and a knife.

    Campus police chief John Cox said the suspect appeared to have targeted the victim, but wouldn't comment on a possible motive. He said Cousins apparently singled out Boldt, targeting no one else.

    The school posted to Twitter on Tuesday that a shooting was reported on campus and students were advised to find shelter and avoid the area.

    The school later confirmed an arrest was made and classes were canceled. Later that day hundreds of people gathered on Purdue's campus for a candlelight vigil, and campus officials said counseling would be offered for students and staff.

    Police said Cousins surrendered outside the building following the shooting and was held in the Tippecanoe County Jail without bond.

    He was due in court Thursday afternoon.