WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WANE) – Purdue University has confirmed that one person died in a shooting on campus on Tuesday afternoon.
One suspect is in custody. According to police, the suspect was not cooperating.
Purdue has suspended classes through Wednesday, January 22. Students will also be offered counseling.
An alert for an active shooter situation was sent out to the Purdue community just after noon on Tuesday. It stated that there were reports of shots fired at the Electrical Engineering Building on the campus. Students were asked to shelter in place.
Around 12:30 p.m., Purdue University tweeted that one person was in custody. Just before 2 p.m., the university tweeted that there was no ongoing threat to campus and encouraged people to “resume normal operations.” The Electrical Engineering building, where the shooting was reported to be, remained closed.
Purdue Officials held a press conference on the shooting at at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. They confirmed the one death at the press conference and said the shooting was not random.
IPFW posted on its Facebook page that some at IPFW received the alert about the active shooter situation at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus and mistakenly thought the shooting was in Fort Wayne. IPFW then sent an alert to the IPFW community saying there was no active shooter situation on the Fort Wayne campus.
Purdue University was tweeting updates throughout the ordeal on its Twitter handle, @LifeAtPurdue.