Man killed in Purdue University shooting

(WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – One person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a shooting on Purdue University’s campus, university officials said around 2:30 p.m.

The incident happened at the Electrical Engineering building, prompting an hours-long police presence on campus. Students were, at the time, told to shelter in place and avoid the building.

Purdue officials said the shooting wasn’t random and no threat remained on campus. One suspect was in custody Tuesday. According to police, the suspect was not cooperating.

An alert sent out by Purdue caused confusion for students at IPFW, who thought the situation was on their campus in Fort Wayne. IPFW sent out another alert to students to clarify the situation wasn’t in Fort Wayne.

Gov. Mike Pence offered condolences Tuesday.

Purdue officials suspended classes for the rest of the day Tuesday and on Wednesday.

A candlelight vigil was scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday between Hovde Hall and the Engineering Fountain.

The school offered counseling from 9  to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for any student who needed help. They will be in the resident assistants’ resource room in the south towers of Cary Quadrangle, the Tarkington West activity room, Shreve Hall Jade Room, and Purdue Village community center.

Counseling is also offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the Dean of Students Office, 207 Schleman Hall, by calling 765-494-1747, and through Purdue Student Health Center’s counseling and psychological services. The health center is also available after-hours from 5 to 8 p.m. by calling 765-494-1724. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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