UPDATE: Purdue shooting suspect has ties to Warsaw

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building, and the shooter has ties to Michiana.

Police say 23-year-old Cody M. Cousins of Warsaw and Centreville, Ohio is being held in the Tippecanoe Co. Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Police say Cousins shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew F. Boldt, a Purdue senior from West Bend, WI.

Both Cousins and Boldt were engineering students who served as teaching assistants. Police say it appears Cousins specifically targeted Boldt, although they are still investigating a possible motive.

Cousins is being linked to a home in the 800 block of N. Timberline Circle East in Warsaw. Neighbors say his family has lived at the home for about two years.

No one answered the door Tuesday night.

While neighbors didn't know much about Cousins, they described his family as 'sweet' and 'nice.'

The family's landlord says they've been renting the home since 2010, when Cousins was off at college. She said they were model tenants and "you couldn't ask for nicer people."

Friends and neighbors were shocked and saddened by the news of the shooting.

Police say Cousins has no criminal record in Kosciusko County.

Campus was locked down for several hours after the shooting. Officials at Purdue University in Indiana now say there is no ongoing threat on campus.

Classes have been suspended through Wednesday, and counseling services have been offered for students

A Twitter post from the university says people may resume normal activities on the campus.

The report of shots fired came in around noon Tuesday at the electrical engineering building on the school's campus in West Lafayette.

Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement on the Purdue University shooting.

“Today’s shooting at Purdue University is a tragedy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community. I commend the professionalism of the Purdue University Police Department in apprehending the suspect and bringing the situation to a swift conclusion. The Indiana State Police are on the scene and will continue to assist local law enforcement with the ongoing investigation.”

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in honor of the victim.


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