FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As Purdue University continues to recover from Tuesday’s shooting, more details are emerging about the suspect and the victim. Both men were Purdue students, and both were studying engineering.
Friends of the victim say they are shocked and saddened by the deadly shooting.
“He was very polite, very nice, very humble human being, and he was a very bright student.”
“Just his persona and how he carried himself everyday, definitely no negative energy ever out to anyone”
The young man these friends and fellow students remember is the victim of the school shooting: Purdue senior, Andrew Boldt. The 21-year-old senior was an engineering student, as well as a teaching assistant. Boldt died at the scene after police said the suspect fired four to five shots in a classroom of the electrical engineering building.
The suspect is 23-year-old Cody Cousins. He is an engineering student at Purdue with addresses listed in Centerville, Ohio as well as Warsaw. Kosciousko County police said Cousins has no previous record in the area. Officers believe Cousins’ parents live in Warsaw. According to Stacey Page Online, Cousins moved there after graduating from Springsboro High School near Dayton, Ohio.
Purdue police still don’t have a motive for the shooting, but they believe Cousins targeted Boldt. West Lafayette Police Officer Kevin Coomey was the first officer to arrive on the scene, and said Cousins did not resist arrest or show any emotion.
“I knew he had knowledge of whatever occurred. He either had to be close, helping a victim, at that point I wasn’t sure,” said Coomey.
Hundreds attended Tuesday night’s vigil and classes were canceled for Wednesday. Campus officials have also set up counseling centers to assist students with the healing process.
“We’re here to support basically everybody in the Purdue community to get through this as best they can,” said Purdue’s Emergency Preparedness Director, Ron Wright.
WANE’s sister stations, WISH in Indianapolis and WLFI in Lafayette, contributed to this story.