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Ohio State University: Calgary woman safe following US campus attack

Krissy Irwin said she was in her apartment on the opposite side of campus when she was informed of the attacks and lockdown

Calgarian Krissy Irwin (right), said she heard about the lockdown through Ohio State University's Buckeye alerts.

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Calgarian Krissy Irwin (right), said she heard about the lockdown through Ohio State University's Buckeye alerts.

Calgarian Krissy Irwin was studying in her apartment on the south Ohio State University (OSU) campus when an armed gunman attacked nearly a dozen people on the university’s north campus Monday morning.

Irwin said she, like all other students, were informed via Buckeye Alerts – emails and text messages—that an active shooter was on university property, forcing a lockdown of the north campus.

“I’m absolutely shocked—and grateful my friends are safe,” she said.

Around 10:30 local time, the university used their Buckeye Alerts, as well as a series of tweets to tell students and faculty there was an active shooter on campus and they should “Run Hide Fight.”

“Run, hide, fight” is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; Hide, get silently out of view; or Fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.

According to Irwin, some classrooms wouldn't lock, forcing students and faculty to seek safety elsewhere. 

"A few couldn't go on lockdown because their classrooms wouldn't lock, so they fled to the nearest off-campus buildings where they knew they'd be safe," she said. 

Irwin, who is finishing up her psychology degree, said on a campus as big as OSU they only know as much as the university tells them in these types of situations.

“The OSU community reacted in the best way possible, but curiosity and fear are definitely felt right now,” she said.

Immediately following the incident Irwin used the Facebook check-in option to let people know she was safe.

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According to hospital officials, eight patients have been received from the scene of the attack—all with non-life threatening injuries.

It’s reported that the suspect, who was used a butcher knife in the attacks, was shot and killed by police on scene. 

The eight patients were split among OSU Wexner Medical Center, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Irwin said as far as she can tell, first responders handled the situation in the quickest and best possible fashion.

She said the tight-knit community of OSU will get through this horrific crime together.

“We have been through a lot this fall semester, but when the moment counted everyone did their part in responding correctly to this violent crime,” she said. “Between social media, the university, and first responders, the campus community couldn't have reacted better to this heart-breaking incident.”

Irwin said they’re also very “blessed” to have some of the most advanced trauma clinics in the country to attend to the victims.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to them today,” she said.

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