Purdue University Shooting: 1 Dead, 1 In Custody

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  • A shooting has been reported at Purdue University on Tuesday. / John Terhune / (Lafayette) Journal & Courier
  • A shooting has been reported at Purdue University on Tuesday. / John Terhune / (Lafayette) Journal & Courier

From: Journal & Courier

One person is in custody following a shooting at Purdue University's campus reported around noon Tuesday, according to Purdue.

Purdue Provost Timothy Sands confirmed one fatality resulted from the shooting. The victim was identified as a male. During at 2:30 p.m. news conference, officials released no identity, saying that would be up to the Tippecanoe County Coroner.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said the suspect did not resist when arrested and was not armed. He said it did not appear to be a mass shooting and that the suspect intended harm to the deceased.

The shooting occurred in a basement classroom of the Electrical Engineering building, Cox said. He said a sweep was immediately conducted of the building. No additional suspects are being sought.

Sands said a text alert system the university utilizes to warn students and staff worked as planned. The shooting occurred at approximately noon, and the alert went out with minutes.

Cox said 25 to 30 police officers also were on the scene within minutes.

"Approximately noon is when the report of shots fired came in from Electrical Engineering building," spokeswoman Liz Evans said. "One person is in custody."

The Purdue Exponent reported that the shooting occurred in a classroom of EE Professor D.G. Meyer. Meyer, when contacted by the Journal & Courier, said he was not at liberty to talk about the matter.

Earlier, people on the Purdue campus were directed remain "sheltered in place," or stay where they were from noon until approximately 1:30 p.m.

At that point, an official in the Purdue Memorial Union told students they were free to move about campus with the exception of the Electrical Engineering building, which at that time was still being searched.

Earlier, outside the EE building one male was brought outside with his hands behind his back. Police did not speak with reporters at the scene.

Purdue has not confirmed there were any shooting injuries.

Two students told the Journal & Courier they heard what sounded like two shots and saw someone who possibly had blood on his or her hands.

Police had set up a command post on Northwestern Avenue across from the engineering mall, according to police dispatches.

Purdue University sent the following message: "Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place; Check www.purdue.edu for updates."

Four students were shuffling down North Street on their way home after they received texts from the university to avoid the area around the Electrical Engineering building.

Zachory Stewart, 19, of Indianapolis is in his first year at Purdue.

"I wasn't exactly expecting it to happen up here," he said.

"It sounds really stupid, I mean why would you shoot anyone, you know. They are your fellow colleagues," said Ashish Mahajan, 19, who is studying computer technology.

Mahajan was on his way to class in the Electrical Engineering building.

Rocky Killion, superintendent of West Lafayette Community School Corp., said he received no official notice from Purdue but that students were kept inside during lunch as a precaution. Normally, the West Side high school campus is open during lunch.

Northwestern Avenue remained closed to traffic from Grant Street to Stadium Avenue as of 11 a.m. with more than two dozen police vehicles visible.

An appearance at Purdue by Julian Bond, scheduled to take for 7 p.m. Tuesday at a Martin Luther King Day convocation on campus, has been cancelled. A Purdue official said cancellation was due to inclement weather on the East Coast.

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