Murder charge filed in Purdue shooting

21-year-old Andrew Boldt was fatally shot Tuesday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Prosecutors filed a single count of murder Thursday against Purdue University shooting suspect Cody Cousins.

The charge was filed just after noon in Tippecanoe County Superior Court 2, according to court documents.

Cousins, 23, is accused of stabbing and then fatally shooting 21-year-old Andrew Boldt at the school's West Lafayette campus this week.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the Electrical Engineering Building just after noon Tuesday. They arrived to find a male suspect, later identified as Cousins, sitting on the ground outside of the building with his hands behind his head. He had blood on his hands and clothes, police said.

Boldt was found dead in the basement of the building with knife and gunshot wounds.  Police located a handgun on the ground nearby, along with several spent shell casings and a knife.

Officials said they believe Boldt was targeted, rather than being a victim of a typical active shooting situation, but they would not comment on the suspect's motive.

Boldt, a native of West Bend, Wis., was an undergraduate electrical engineering major and teaching assistant at Purdue. Thousands of people gathered at a candlelight vigil Tuesday to mourn his passing.

A funeral for Boldt was set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, at his family's church in West Bend, Wis.

Cousins was being held at Tippecanoe County Jail without bond. An attorney speaking on behalf of Cousins' family released a short statement after his arraignment hearing.

"[The Cousins} are obviously struggling as well," said attorney Robert Gevers. "Our hearts and their hearts are full of compassion and concern for the Purdue family and for the family of Mr. Boldt. We will proceed in providing this young man, Mr. Cousins, the best defense we can."

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