Police have confirmed that there was one male shooter and one male fatal victim in the shooting that locked down Purdue University‘s campus on Tuesday afternoon.
The suspect has been ID’d by authorities as Cody Cousins, and victim has been identified by acquaintances as Andrew Boldt, 21, an undergraduate teacher’s assistant. They were both TAs for the same professor, D.G. Meyer.
#RIP to Andrew Boldt
— Isher Roth (@CharleyClassic) January 21, 2014
Here’s what we know about him:
1. Police Believe He Was an Intended Target
Boldt was a TA for the ECE 362 Lab — a microprocessor system design and interfacing class — and was scheduled, along with his partner, to work from 11:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
The shooting occurred during that class, just before noon in Purdue’s electrical engineering building.
Police believe he was individually targeted and that the shooter, whose identity was also initially withheld, was a student. It is now being reported that the shooter is engineering student Cody Cousins.
Along with his job as a TA for ECE 362, Boldt was also an undergraduate TA for ECE 270.
2. He Was Pronounced Dead at the Scene
Police on the scene pronounced Boldt dead, according to a press conference, and people on campus reported on Reddit hearing multiple shots being fired from a pistol.
The recently released affidavit revealed that Boldt was both shot and stabbed multiple times. A knife, gun, and shell casings were found on the floor near his body.
3. He Was an Electrical Engineering Major
According to his LinkedIn page, Boldt was an electrical engineering major.
In college, Boldt was involved in the Cary Club, Cary Racing, and served as the Webmaster of the Computer Engineering Student Society.
4. Boldt Was an Eagle Scout From the Milwaukee Area
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) January 21, 2014
Boldt was from West Bend, Wisconsin where he went to Marquette University High School, a Jesuit private school. There he was in the robotics club and was very active in the Boy Scouts, later becoming an Eagle Scout.
5. Purdue is Holding a Candlelight Vigil
Purdue University announced that it will be canceling classes today and tomorrow and will be hosting a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. tonight.