Campus Alerts, Social Media Notified Students Of Shooting

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Many Ohio State students said they learned of Tuesday's campus shooting through the university's Buckeye Alert system, which provides more than 25,000 subscribers with important information via text message and voice mail.

"This is a Buckeye Alert emergency message from OSU police," an automated voice said.  "A shooting has occurred near McCracken Power Plant.  Suspect is in custody. All is safe.  Avoid area."

While the voice mail went out while many students were still sleeping, a campus-wide e-mail is how thousands of additional students -- like Devin Benson -- learned of the shootings, 10TV's Cara Connelly reported.

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"(The e-mail said) there was three people shot and one of them died," Benson said.  "Two went to the hospital."

Other students said they found out about the shootings through social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter.

"This morning I woke up and my friend from Akron texted me and asked if I was OK," said student Ohio State student Amir Gholizadeh.  "So I went on my e-mail and there a thing they e-mailed to everybody."

Students said they appreciated the way they were notified Tuesday, but they also said the shooting was a reminder of how fast a tragedy can unfold.

"It's just kind of nerve-wracking," said Ohio State student Christina Dadurian.  "I don't know.  It's kind of scary."

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