Locals react to Purdue shooting suspect

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SPRINGBORO, Ohio – Police are still trying to figure out what motivated a gunman to open fire on the campus of Purdue University… leaving a fellow student dead.

Police say the suspect, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, who we’ve learned has ties to the Miami Valley, shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt.

Cody Cousins was described as a bright, outgoing, and active student.

Cousins graduated from Springboro High School in 2008.

At the time Dr. Ron Malone was the principal.

“Good student, good solid student, very bright, very outgoing, very active,” said Dr. Malone.

Dr. Malone said he remembers Cousins because he was involved in so many different organizations such as the business and IT club as well as the academic team.

2 NEWS Investigates found Cousins family moved out of the Miami Valley to Warsaw Indiana after he graduated.

We attempted to call a few relatives but could only find disconnected numbers.

Dr. Malone was shocked when he learned Cousins was arrested by police after a student was shot to death at Purdue Tuesday.

“It’s certainly regrettable, it’s very sad for the Cousins family, for the family of the victim, for the community as a large because it’s obviously such a life altering experience,” said Dr. Malone.

After serving many years in the education field Dr. Malone says he’s shocked that one of his former students is facing a potential murder charge.

“One is always surprised when they hear of something that’s happened that is this serious, and out of character then what you expect out of an individual. Sometimes we tend to stereotype the people who we believe could commit a crime like this. We tend to think of them as loners, outsiders, individuals that have a lot of anger inside; to my knowledge Cody didn’t demonstrate any of those characteristics.”

Right now Cousins is still in custody in the Tippecanoe County jail and faces a preliminary murder charge.

He’s expected in court Thursday.

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