Jan 21, 2014 4:12 PM by Connie Murphy

1 Dead in Purdue University Campus Shooting

Officials at Purdue University in Indiana say one person was killed in a shooting at a campus classroom building.

Purdue Provost Tim Sands said he didn't immediately know the identity of the person killed or the person's connection to the university.

Campus police chief John Cox said the suspect is in custody after surrendering outside the Electrical Engineering Building following the shooting about noon Tuesday.

Cox said the person appeared to have targeted the victim.

The school posted to Twitter on Tuesday that a shooting was reported on campus in the electrical engineering building. Students were advised to shelter in place and avoid the area.

The school later confirmed an arrest was made. Students were told to remain in place until further notice as police searched the area.

"A shooting has been reported in the electrical engineering building on Tuesday at Purdue University," the school posted to its website. "One person is in custody. Police have cleared the building and are continuing to search the area, and people should remain sheltered in place until further notice."

Just before 1 p.m. the school lifted the shelter-in-place order. The electrical engineering building remained closed.

The school said there was "no ongoing threat to campus" and normal operations would resume.

Faculty and students told local media outlets the school sent a text alert during the incident, advising everyone to take shelter. About 40,000 students attend Purdue.

In a statement, Gov. Mike Pence called the shooting a tragedy.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the victim and to everyone in the Purdue community," Pence said. "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."




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