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UPDATE: One person dead after Purdue University shooting

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- One person is dead and another in custody following a shooting at Purdue University.

Police say the man killed in a Purdue University shooting was a senior at the school who was a teaching assistant, and the suspect is also a student.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said Tuesday that 23-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw, Ind., is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Cousins is accused of shooting 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., in the university's Electrical Engineering Building around noon Tuesday.

Cox says police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting but that it appears Cousins targeted Boldt. No one else was injured.

Cox says Boldt was a senior and worked as a teaching assistant in the school. Cousins is a student in the engineering school.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence said, "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 West Lafayette 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."

Classes are suspended through Wednesday, Jan. 22, and students are being offered counseling services, according to a news release.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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