Purdue shooting: University officials say 1 dead in afternoon shooting on campus; suspect in custody.

Shooting at Purdue University Kills One; Suspect in Custody

Shooting at Purdue University Kills One; Suspect in Custody

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Jan. 21 2014 2:59 PM

Shooting at Purdue University Kills One; Suspect in Custody

Details about a shooting at Purdue University in western Indiana this afternoon have been somewhat slow to emerge, but we've just gotten official word that the shooting was a fatal one, via the Associated Press:

Purdue Provost Tim Sands says he didn't immediately know the identity of the person killed or the person's connection to the university. Campus police chief John Cox says the suspect is in custody after surrendering outside the Electrical Engineering Building following the shooting about noon Tuesday. Cox says the person appeared to have targeted the victim.
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Reports of the shooting began to emerge when the school sent out a text message to students asking them to shelter in place. That request was lifted at around 1:30 p.m., according to CNN, although the engineering building where the shooting took place is still closed as police investigate. For now, that's about all we know: One dead, one in custody.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.