Purdue University Shooting: One person dead, suspect in custody after school shooting

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West Lafayette, Ind. (WTSP/Journal & Courier) -- One person is dead and a suspect is in custody following a shooting at Purdue University's campus, school officials say.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said the suspect did not resist when arrested and was not armed. He said it did not appear to be a mass shooting and that the suspect intended harm to the deceased.

The shooting occurred in a basement classroom of the Electrical Engineering building, Cox said. He said a sweep was immediately conducted of the building. No additional suspects are being sought.

Purdue Provost Timothy Sands said a text alert system the university utilizes to warn students and staff worked as planned. The shooting occurred at approximately noon, and the alert went out with minutes.

Cox said 25 to 30 police officers also were on the scene within minutes.

"Approximately noon is when the report of shots fired came in from Electrical Engineering building," spokeswoman Liz Evans said. "One person is in custody."

The Purdue Exponent reported that the shooting occurred in a classroom of EE Professor D.G. Meyer. Meyer, when contacted by the Journal & Courier, said he was not at liberty to talk about the matter.

Earlier, people on the Purdue campus were directed remain "sheltered in place," or stay where they were from noon until approximately 1:30 p.m.

At that point, an official in the Purdue Memorial Union told students they were free to move about campus with the exception of the Electrical Engineering building, which at that time was still being searched.

Earlier, outside the EE building one male was brought outside with his hands behind his back. Police did not speak with reporters at the scene.

Two students told our news partners at the Journal & Courier they heard what sounded like two shots and saw someone who possibly had blood on his or her hands.

Police have set up a command post on Northwestern Avenue across from the engineering mall, according to police dispatches.

Four students were shuffling down North Street on their way home after they received texts from the university to avoid the area around the Electrical Engineering building.

Zachory Stewart, 19, of Indianapolis is in his first year at Purdue.

"I wasn't exactly expecting it to happen up here," he said.

"It sounds really stupid, I mean why would you shoot anyone, you know. They are your fellow colleagues," said Ashish Mahajan, 19, studing computer technology.

Mahajan was on his way to class in the Electrical Engineering building.

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