Hearing for Purdue shooting suspect pushed back, students offered counseling
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Jan. 22, 2014) – Crime scene tape still surrounded the Electrical Engineering Building Wednesday morning. Purdue University has suspended classes following a shooting the claimed the life of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt.
The suspect, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, was expected to appear in court Wednesday to face murder charges. The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office told FOX59 that his initial hearing has been pushed back to Thursday.
The shooting happened in the Electrical Engineering Building around noon Tuesday. Purdue Police say Cousins fired four to five shots inside a basement classroom. A West Lafayette police officer arrested him outside the building where the shooting took place. Students were inside the classroom but no one else was injured.
Police believe the suspect targeted Boldt. They have not released a motive. Both were students and teaching assistants with the university.
A search warrant was executed at Cousin’s home Tuesday afternoon. The home is located about a half mile from the scene of the shooting. Police have not said what, if anything, was recovered from Cousin’s residence.
Boldt, a senior at Purdue, was described as a smart and talented student. He was from West Bend, Wisconsin.
Counselors will be available on Wednesday to talk with students, faculty and staff. Counseling services are also available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the Dean of Students Office, 207 Schleman Hall, phone 765-494-1747, and through Purdue Student Health Center’s counseling and psychological services. The health center also has an after-hours number available from 5-8 p.m., 765-494-1724.
Students held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night. Hundreds stood outside in freezing temperatures as they remembered Boldt. Provost Tim Sands said university officials will do everything they can to help students deal with the shooting.
“We’re all going to be counselors for each other in the next few days, weeks and months ahead. There are students and faculty who are traumatized, who are witnesses or nearby or had a relationship with those involved. For them they have a long road ahead,” said Sands.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is on his way back from a business trip to Colombia. He is expected to return to campus Wednesday afternoon. Daniels released the following statement: “Violent crime, whenever and wherever it occurs, shocks our conscience and incites our rage. When it happens in our home, to a family member – and as a Boilermaker Andrew Boldt was family to us – those emotions are more powerful still.”
Classes could resume as early as Thursday. The Electrical Engineering Building will remain closed until further notice.