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Tuesday, 15 October 1996

Perdue Univ

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Jarrod Allen Eskew, 19 fatally shot Jay Severson, 27, a Wiley Hall counselor at Purdue University in the head.

Jay Severson, 27, a Wiley Hall counselor at Purdue University caught Jarrod Allen Eskew, 19 of Crawfordsville, Indiana cutting cocaine in his dorm room. Severson called the Purdue Police Department but when they arrived Eskew had fled. Eskew returned the next day at 2:50 pm with a sawed off 12-gauge shotgun while under the influence of both marijuana and cocaine. Eskew went to Severson's Wiley Hall dorm room and fatally shot Severson in the head. He then barricaded himself in his third floor dorm room. A janitor found the body a short time later. SWAT and police took up positions around Wiley Hall. Police evacuated Wiley Hall, attempted to negotiate, fired tear gas, and stormed the room to find Eskew had killed himself with the shotgun.

Additional Info

  • Type of Incident: Shooting
  • Source: Wiki-Post secondary School Attacks
  • Deaths: 2
  • Injuries: 0
  • City: West Lafayette
  • State: Indiana
  • Facility Type: Higher Education
  • Facility SubType: Post Secondary
  • Perpetrator: Jarrod Allen Eskew
  • Foiled or Exposed Plots: Yes
  • Perpetrator fate: Committed Suicide
  • Included In 2002 Report: Yes
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