UPDATED: 3 injured after knife attack at Fredericton college

FREDERICTON – Three people were injured when a man wielding a machete-style knife allegedly attacked a class at the Eastern College campus in Fredericton Monday morning.

Students said the suspect, a male student, walked into a classroom with a long-bladed knife and attacked another student.

Two instructors were also injured in the attack. Police said one victim has serious but not life-threatening injuries and has undergone surgery.

Another student was able to pin down the suspect until police arrived.

The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital with what police are calling minor injuries. He will be remanded into custody once he is released. No charges have yet been laid.

“It was just a hair-raising moment,” said student Jonathan Stephenson. “It’s not something you expect to happen every time you walk into class.”

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Stephenson said he was was walking to class when he heard screaming.

“A door opened, a girl ran out in obvious panic and two guys tumbled out in a bit of a scrap it looked like,” he said. “One guy had blood all across the side of the his face. It was just a very frightening moment right there.

“I knew something was bad.”

An instructor ushered students into a nearby classroom, where they hid under desks against the wall.

Stephenson said it was 30 minutes before the police gave them the all-clear.

Police said the situation could have been worse had another student not intervened.

The college was closed for the rest of the day. Stephenson said he was told classes won’t resume until Wednesday.

Victim services workers were on site speaking to students who witnessed the attack.

*with files from Global News’ Laura Brown

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