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Last updated: Mon. Aug. 24, 2009 - 07:52 pm EDT

Shooting victim at Purdue was a visiting Homestead grad

WEST LAFAYETTE Two Purdue University students have been arrested after a Fort Wayne man was fatally shot near campus in what police call an accidental shooting.

Twenty-one-year-old Landon Siela died at a Lafayette hospital after being shot in an off-campus apartment about 7 p.m. Saturday.

West Lafayette Police Lt. Troy Harris says Purdue students Cory Lynch and another student both 22 were pointing guns at Siela as a joke when Lynch's gun fired, striking Siela in the throat.

Lynch was arrested on suspicion of reckless homicide and pointing a loaded firearm, both felonies. He was being held Sunday at the Tippecanoe County jail on a $10,000 surety bond.

The other student was arrested on suspicion of pointing an unloaded firearm and false informing, both misdemeanors. He was released on bond from the jail. The News-Sentinel is not using his name because he is charged with misdemeanors.


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