WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A 21-year-old electrical engineering major was killed in a shooting on Purdue University's campus on Tuesday.
Purdue's Chief of Police John Cox said Andrew Boldt, of West Bend, Wis., was killed by the suspect's gunfire in the Electrical Engineering Building on Purdue's main campus.
Officials said they believe Boldt was targeted, rather than a victim of a typical active shooting situation, but they would not comment on the suspect's motive.
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.
His classmates said he helped them understand a difficult course load. But despite being smart, he wasn’t only about the books. Boldt was active on campus and took part in the annual Purdue Grand Prix.
"He was a really smart kid, pretty sure he had like an awesome GPA. I never really knew anyone that didn't like him,” friend Evan Stockrahm said. "I thought I was taking it alright until I got to this, just to see three or four thousand people showed up, I don't know, I mean it's hard."
Boldt was expected to graduate from Purdue this spring. He graduated from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee in 2010.
Retired Latin teacher James Greenwald said his former student was bright and always willing to help others with technology issues.
In a statement issued by the Boldt family's church, Saint Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend, the Boldt family asks for privacy and says there will be public opportunities to pray together in the days ahead.
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