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Michiana families worry about children during Purdue shooting


Police say one Purdue University student is dead, and another in jail following a shooting on campus.

It happened around noon, Tuesday. Police say 23-year-old Cody Cousins shot and killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt in the Engineering Building.

Students were put on lockdown shortly after the shooting. That includes many who are from Michiana.

"It got pretty scary actually because it was right next to my building," says Purdue Student and South Bend native, Chris Hsieh. He is still on edge after getting a text from the University about a shooting on campus.

"At first I wasn't scared, but when we turned off the lights and locked the doors, everyone was freaking out. We had no idea what was going on," says Hsieh.

The same was true for Lindsey Allie of Granger, who was having lunch at the Union when she got the text.

"It was really scary. Since the Union is such a central location on campus, I just really didn't feel very safe. I would have felt safer if I was in a classroom with a smaller amount of people," says Lindsey.

The students were on lockdown for about two hours. During that time, their parents relied on text messages to make sure their kids were ok.

"I got another text from her saying they were moving her to the basement of the Union out of fear of a second shooter, so that's when I started to get nervous," says Judy Allie, Lindsey's mom.

Judy Allie says she just stayed glued to her phone, and prayed.

"It is nice that we can have text messages to stay on top of things," says Judy.

Chris Hsieh's dad, Dr. Jesse Hsieh says, "As some of the other texts and pictures came in without really knowing what was going on in that first hour, you worry a lot."

But Dr. Jesse Hsieh says, as more information came out and an all clear was given, he felt relieved.

"I don't feel as worried now because of the fact that the social media essentially has eyes all over campus," says Dr. Hsieh.

Students though say it will take a while for things to feel normal again, as they never imagined a shooting would happen on their campus.

"Never. I never thought this would have happened here," says Chris.

Classes for students are canceled through Wednesday.

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