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Purdue Police Prepared to Respond to Shootings

Purdue’s Police Chief says the university is prepared to handle a situation similar to the shooting Thursday at Virginia Tech.

John Cox says the university has an action plan in place to respond to that type of incident.

He says Purdue’s policies were shaped out of response to a shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Cox says Purdue is too large to shut down, but says there are several alert systems available to keep students safe including via email, texts, and sirens .

Reports out of Virginia Tech indicate two people, including a police officer, have been shot and killed.

Thirty-three people were killed on the Blacksburg campus in shooting four years ago.