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Police search for motive in deadly Purdue shooting

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 22, 2014 at 8:11 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Classes at Purdue University were interrupted by the sounds of gunfire, fire alarms and screams when a student entered a basement classroom and fatally shot a fellow senior engineering student whom a former teacher described as "phenomenal."

Police said they haven't determined why Cody Cousins, 23, shot Andrew Boldt, a 21-year-old teaching assistant from West Bend, Wis., inside the school's Electrical Engineering Building about noon Tuesday.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said witnesses believed the shooting was "an intentional act" but said there was no immediate indication that Cousins and Boldt had past troubles.

No one else was injured, and Cousins is being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

The shooting at the school about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis prompted Purdue President Mitch Daniels to cut short a week-long university trip to Colombia and cancel classes Tuesday and Wednesday.

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