Students injured in attack at Canberra University

UPDATE @ 2.00pm: Three students and a lecturer have been hospitalised following a horror baseball attack at the Australian National University in Canberra.

ACT Police said the shocking incident happened in one of the classrooms, just after 9.00am.

“Shortly after 9am, a man allegedly assaulted students and a lecturer with a baseball bat,” police said in a statement.


“During the class, the student stood from his seat with a baseball bat and approached the lecturer at the front of the class. Other students in the class intervened and attempted to restrain the student.

“During the incident, the male student assaulted four people, one male and three females, including the lecturer.”

Campus security rushed to the room and managed to detain the 18-year-old student until police arrived and took him into custody.

The victims were treated at the scene by paramedics for non-life threating injuries before being taken to Canberra Hospital.

Police say investigations are ongoing and that it’s too early to determine the motivation behind the assaults.

EARLIER @ 11.15am: SEVERAL students have been injured in an attack at the Australian National University in Canberra.

“ACT Policing are responding to an incident at the Australian National University, where a male is reported to have assaulted a number of people,” police said in a statement.

ABC News reports a man entered one of the classrooms on campus armed with a baseball bat on Friday morning.

He has since been taken into custody, with police assuring there is “no ongoing threat to public safety”.

The attack is understood to have been random and the University is offering counselling to those affected.

“The University’s first priority is the welfare of our staff and students, counselling services are being provided to all those affected,” the ANU said.