Purdue Shooting: One Killed on Campus, Suspect in Custody

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One person was killed and another was in custody after a shooting at Purdue University Tuesday, according to the Indiana school's police chief, John Cox.

The gunman reportedly walked into a room at the school's electrical engineering department "with the intention of harming someone," then walked out.

After the shooting, he gave himself up to a West Lafayette, Ind., police officer.

Cox and Purdue Provost Timothy Sands confirmed the fatality at a news conference hours after the incident led to an alert that shut down the campus.

The alert was lifted two hours after the shooting, added Cox, who told reporters that the suspect appeared to have targeted the unidentified victim.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement:

“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 Purdue University 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,” Pence added.

The incident began about noon local time with reports of shots being fired at the Electrical Engineering Building on the northeast side of campus.

The university posted an alert on its website, but by 1:15 p.m., the school had canceled the alert, assuring the community that the area was secure. 

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