A suspect is in custody after a shooting that took place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on Tuesday (January 21) left one man dead.
According to Purdue University Police Chief John Cox, the shooting took place around noon local time in a basement classroom of the university's electrical engineering building. The victim appeared to be the shooter’s only intended target, Cox said.
The suspect left the building immediately after the shooting.
Purdue spokeswoman Liz Evan said the university sent text messages to students about the shooting report, asking them to take shelter where they were. However, that request was lifted by 1:30 p.m. while the electrical engineering building remained closed for a police investigation.
Authorities have not identified either the victim or the shooter.
Reuters reports, “The frequency of shootings at schools and universities in the United States is fueling the national debate over gun control. On Monday night, a student was shot and critically wounded outside an athletic center at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
“Last week alone, two students were shot at a high school in Philadelphia, another was shot at a high school in Albany, Georgia, and two students were shot at a middle school in New Mexico.
“Gun ownership laws in the United States have come under intense scrutiny since December 2012, when 20 young children and six educators were shot dead by a long gunman at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.”