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
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.
noon is when the report of shots fired came in from Electrical
Engineering building," spokeswoman Liz Evans said. "One person is in
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.
people on the Purdue campus were directed remain "sheltered in place,"
or stay where they were from noon until approximately 1:30 p.m.
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.
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.
sounds really stupid, I mean why would you shoot anyone, you know. They
are your fellow colleagues," said Ashish Mahajan, 19, studing computer
Mahajan was on his way to class in the Electrical Engineering building.
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