Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014

Cody Cousins identified as Purdue shooter, killing Andrew Boldt

A gunman shot and killed another man Tuesday inside Purdue University’s electrical engineering building,

Cody-CousinsThe Indiana school’s police chief said that the suspect appeared to have had just one target in mind. He left the building right after the shooting, and a city police officer arrested him.

“This appears to be an isolated and intentional act,” Purdue Police Chief John Cox said. “…The victim appeared to have been targeted by the suspect, and it was no more and no less than that.”

Cox identified the victim as Andrew Boldt, age 21, from West Bend, Wisconsin, who also worked at the school as a teaching assistant.

Cody Cousins, the 23-year-old student in Purdue’s college of engineering who now is “booked on a preliminary charge of murder,” according to the police chief.

Cox said some on the scene claimed to hear “four to five shots fired.” One of those inside the building was Ben Snyder, a Purdue senior from Fort Wayne. According to video posted to IndyStar.com, he and others inside the engineering building believed they heard two gunshots and immediately knew something was up.

“We heard it immediately and everyone was like, ‘OK, let’s go.”

He recalled “officers coming in fast,” including four on the building’s second floor armed with what looked like “assault rifles,” and saw several people “getting handcuffed” and one man “with blood on his hands.”

In another video interview on the same website, sophomore Kirk Choquette said he first heard cries of “get down, get down, get down” after leaving a bathroom and didn’t know what to make of it.

After he returned to a large lecture hall, Choquette said, “a cop came in and said, ‘Get out, get out, everyone get out of the building.'”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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