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Purdue University gunman, Springboro High School grad, to appear in court Thursday

Victim was a 21-year-old TA, Eagle Scout

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One dead, one in custody after Purdue shooting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Springboro High School graduate  Indiana police said shot and killed another student at Purdue University Tuesday is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Cody Cousins, 23, formerly of Clearcreek Township near Dayton, shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt at Purdue's electrical engineering building, authorities said.

Tippecanoe County Deputy Prosecutor Kristen McVey said in a statement that an initial hearing for Cousins will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in a courtroom at the county jail.

Officials said Boldt, a Wisconsin native, was targeted by Cousins.

"This was not a typical active shooting," Purdue Police Chief John Cox said. "It appears to be an isolated and intentional act and not a random shooting."

Cox said Cousins fired four or five shots then left the building.

According to Boldt's LinkedIn profile, he was an undergraduate teaching assistant at Purdue and had previously served as an intern with John Deere. His profile also says he was an Eagle Scout.

Boldt was expected to graduate from Purdue this spring. He graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee in 2010.

"Violent crime, whenever and wherever it occurs, shocks our conscience and incites our rage," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "When it happens in our home, to a family member -- and as a Boilermaker Andrew Boldt was family to us -- those emotions are more powerful still."

Cousins gave himself up to a West Lafayette police officer outside the building on the 40,000-student campus shortly after the shooting.

Cox said Cousins wasn't immediately cooperating with investigators.

Purdue officials issued a text alert telling those on campus to seek shelter shortly after the shooting was reported. Within two hours, the university said there was no ongoing threat on campus and allowed normal operations to resume in all buildings except the engineering facility.

Students described a chaotic scene when the first report came in.

Julissa Martinez, a freshman nursing student from Portage, said she was in psychology class on another part of campus when she received the text message saying the university was on lockdown. She said her professor briefly kept teaching, then stopped lecturing so that students could contact people to let them know they were safe.

"He tried to get everything under control because people were freaking out," she said.

She said students were nervous because there was a lot of speculation about the severity of the situation.

"It was scary because you hear about it, but you never expect it to happen on your campus," Martinez said.

Senior Saran Mishra, editor of the Purdue Exponent, the campus newspaper, said some students reported hearing fire alarms and were told to evacuate.

"Right now I'm still in shock," he said.

WHIO in Dayton and WRTV in Indianapolis contributed to this report

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