‘Serious assault’ at Brock University sends 3 to hospital, briefly closes campus

Two people were stabbed and another was injured in a “serious assault” that saw cruisers descend on Brock University Thursday night and briefly closed its campus.

Niagara Regional Police were called to the school around 8 p.m for what was initially reported to be a shooting, media relations officer Phil Gavin said in tweets.

Brock Campus Security tweeted it was investigating an incident together with Niagara police at Village Residence, located on the southwest end of the campus.

Officers arrived to find three people injured. All were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gavin tweeted.

An initial report indicated the third person was injured by what police believed to be a pellet gun, but Gavin later tweeted that the third person was injured in the struggle.

Police initially reported that four suspects were seen fleeing the campus, but later revised the number of suspects to two.

The weapons used have not been recovered by police, Gavin said.

Gavin says the investigation is still in its early stages, but that the incident appeared to be a targeted one and there is no “ongoing threat to safety.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.

Students and staff were advised they could move freely around campus but that they should steer clear of the police investigation. Classes will resume as usual Friday, the school said.

Following speculation online about a possible “active shooter” on campus, Niagara police took to Twitter to dispel the rumours.

School officials say they will be reviewing with campus security how details of the incident were communicated to students Thursday night.

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