WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette police are investigating a shooting that began asa joke but resulted in one person's death.
West Lafayette Police said 21-year-old Landon Siela of FortWayne died from a gun shot wound to the throat. Police said theywere called to the scene at 204 Wiggins Street just before 7:00p.m. on Saturday evening.
Police believe Siela was visiting friends in apartment nearPurdue campus.
Police said the incident began 22-year-old Cory Lynch and22-year-old William Calderon both had .45 Caliber guns pointed atSiela when he came out of a room. Lynch's gun dischargedunintentionally, during what police said was a joke.
Police said the incident was alcohol-related.
Police said Siela was pronounced dead at St. ElizabethCentral.
Dombkowski said both Lynch and Calderon were Purduestudents.
Siela was not currently a student at Purdue's main campus,according to police. A Purdue spokesperson said Siela was listed asa student at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne thisfall and last fall, and was a student at Purdue West Lafayette infall 2007.
Lynch is enrolled at Purdue University this semester, butCalderon is not. He was a student in the past, in the fall of2007.
Lynch and Calderon were arrested and taken to the TippecanoeCounty jail.
Calderon bonded out shortly before 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Lynch remains behind bars.
Lynch was booked into jail on charges of reckless homicide, aclass C felony, and pointing a loaded firearm, a class Dfelony.
Calderon was arrested on charges of pointing an unloaded firearm and false informing, which are both class A misdemeanors.
West Lafayette Police Department recovered the two firearmsinvolved in the incident.
Purdue's spokesperson said weapons are not allowed on campus,but that the individuals involved in this incident are studentadults living off campus and have the right to bear arms.
Police said alcohol, which played a factor in the shooting, canbe controlled, and mentioned plans were in place to haveappropriate staff on hand on the mornings before Purdue's homefootball games, when many students drink heavily as part of atradition they call "breakfast club."
Purdue's spokesperson said that Purdue has several alcohol-freeprograms at the university to help students have a good timewithout involving alcohol.
The Purdue University Police Department assisted in theincident.
Purdue's spokesperson said Purdue did not issue a campus-widealert because they had been informed by police that the matter wasnot an ongoing threat.
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