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UPDATE: Teachers say Purdue shooting victim was 'star student'

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WEST BEND (WKOW) -- Former teachers of the victim in Tuesday's shooting at Purdue University call Andrew Boldt a "star student."

Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Boldt was shot around noon Tuesday. Before Purdue he attended Marquette University High School.

He was a "high level abstract thinker who enjoyed questions and discussions and would be the kind of guy who would hang after class to talk about a problem," Boldt's former high school teacher Jeanne Morrell told our Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV.

Morrell says Boldt was a member of the robotics club and wanted to go into engineering.

"I know when he got into Purdue he was so excited and I know that he's done well there," Morrell said. 

As a Purdue alum herself, Morrell says she can picture what the basement lab where Boldt was shot looks like.

"My heart is really heavy," she said. "I'm sure every teacher who had him would say the same things as me. He was really an outstanding young man."  

Police have a suspect, Cody Cousins, 23, in custody on a preliminary charge of murder. They believe Cousins targeted Boldt; however, they do not have a motive yet.

Classes at Purdue are canceled Wednesday in light of the shooting.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (WKOW) -- Authorities investigating the shooting at Purdue University say the victim was from West Bend, Wisconsin.

They've identified him as 21-year-old Andrew Boldt. Police say Boldt was a senior and a teaching assistant at the school.

23-year-old Cody Cousins of Warsaw, Indiana was arrested in the shooting. He's being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Cousins is a student in the engineering school.

Police in West Lafayette say they have had previous contact with the suspect.

Cousins is accused of shooting Boldt in the Electrical Engineering Building around noon Tuesday.

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting, but they say it appears Cousins targeted Boldt.

No one else was hurt.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (WKOW) -- ABC News reports one person died in the Purdue University shooting Tuesday.

Police say the victim was a male, but have not yet identified him.  Campus police say the shooting took place at the electrical engineering building.

One person is in custody and police continue to search the area, although they have finished clearing the engineering building, according to the university.

The "shelter in place" order was lifted around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, however, the Electrical Engineering building remains closed. 

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WKOW) -- One person in custody following a reported shooting at Purdue University in Indiana. You can watch LIVE streaming video of the police response at www.wkow.com/live

A Twitter post from the university says the shooting happened at the Electrical Engineering Building on the school's campus in West Lafayette Tuesday. Further posts say police have a person in custody, though no details have been released.

The university says it told people to take shelter and have cleared the building as the area is searched.

Television footage from the scene shows a fire truck and several law enforcement vehicles around the building.

A university spokesman couldn't immediately be reached for details, including whether anyone was wounded.

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