One dead, one arrested in shooting at Purdue University

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (USA TODAY) -- One person is dead and a gunman in custody following a shooting Tuesday on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., according to police.

University police chief John Cox said the gunman walked into a room at the Electrical Engineering Department "with the intention of harming someone," walked out and gave himself up to a West Lafayette police officer.

Cox and Purdue Provost Timothy Sands confirmed the fatality at a news conference. The names of the suspect and the victim were not immediately available.

The Purdue Exponent, the school newspaper, reports that the victim was a teaching assistant, but did not elaborate on its source or how the alleged shooting occurred.

The initial campus-wide lockdown was partially lifted after about two hours, although police continued to search the engineering building.

Ben Snyder, a senior from Ft. Wayne, Ind., told the Journal & Courier. told the Journal and Courier he heard two shots followed by shouts of "getto down, get down!" Snyder also said he saw at least one person being taken away in handcuffs by police and "a guy with blood on his hands."

The newspaper said one male was brought outside the electrical engineering building with his hands behind his back.

Erica Ambrose, a senior in the School of Agriculture, was in class in the Electrical Engineering building during the alleged shooting, Purdue Exponent .reports.

"We heard shouting downstairs and it sounded like people were running through the hallways, just yelling at each other," she told the newspaper,

Purdue University initially sent out a message to students and staff: "Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place."

Contributing: Donna Leinwand Leger; Neha Ramani in West Lafayette


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