Friends of victim, suspect in disbelief following fatal shooting at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– The spirit of confusion and grief still flows on the campus of Purdue University following a tragic shooting Tuesday.
Faculty and students are still trying to figure out what lead to Tuesday’s deadly shooting in the Electrical Engineering Building around noon. That shooting claimed the life of a 21-year-old senior and teacher’s assistant Andrew Boldt.
As an Electrical Engineering student, Boldt was a part of the EV Grand Prix, a team of students that hand build electric vehicles that were displayed in the Indy 500 every year. One of the EV Grand Prix faculty leaders says Boldt was an asset to the program.
“I cried. We lost an asset. We loss a student and we loss part of our community,” said Motor Sports manager Danny White. “I think anyone who could stand here and say they didn’t shed a tear I would be surprised.”
White says Boldt was the type of student that was well respected because he always stepped up to help others.
“He was one that would go to any team that was out in the pit lane out on our Purdue track,” said White. “And if any of them were struggling he would be right there to help you.”
While everyone is trying to cope with this tragedy, many were shocked when the accused shooter’s name was released, 23-year-old Cody Cousins. We spoke with Cousins’ neighbor who says he was in complete disbelief.
“Oh I was completely blown away like it was surreal,” said neighbor Andrew Matyasovski. “Just a week or so before break, I was hanging out with him watching ‘Step Brothers’ and I never would’ve expected something like this.”
Overall, students at Purdue say this was clearly an isolated incident and they still feel safe on campus.