Senior Student Killed in Purdue Shooting

Colin Likas | Editor-In-Chief


A male senior Purdue University student was shot and killed yesterday afternoon on the West Lafayette campus.

The shooting took place in the campus’ electrical engineering building and was first reported around noon.

In a press conference later in the day, police said Andrew Boldt, 21, was killed in the shooting. Cody Cousins, 23, is a suspect in the killing.

Police served a search warrant in Cousins’ on-campus home and placed him under arrest for allegedly killing Boldt.

Cousins was later booked at Tippecanoe County Prison and is being held without bail.

Police said during the press conference that the shooting was person specific, with Cousins seeking out Boldt.

Boldt was a senior electrical engineering major from Wisconsin, and Cousins is a student in Purdue’s College of Engineering.

The two were both teaching assistants for an electrical and computer engineering professor, David G. Meyer.

Meyer was teaching in the classroom where the shooting took place.

Cousins had an encounter with West Lafayette police on one other occasion, during which he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication. That incident took place in January 2012.

Cousins was also a staff reporter for The Exponent, Purdue’s student newspaper, in 2011.

The campus was locked down after a university-wide text alert was sent out.

The alert told all who received it to “shelter in place” until further orders were given.

Classes were not suspended once the lockdown was lifted, but they have since been postponed through Wednesday.

A candlelight vigil was organized and held last night as well.