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Emily Carr University Stabbing Prompts School To Cancel Classes

12/03/2015 12:36 EST
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A man is in custody after an ongoing feud between two arts' students escalated to an on-campus stabbing in the middle of one of Vancouver's premiere tourism and entertainment hubs, say police.

Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham said he expects charges to be laid against a 24-year-old student at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design who called 911 to turn himself in Thursday morning.

Another man was stabbed in the face inside a classroom at the fine-art schools' Granville Island campus around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Fincham.

Nestled under the Granville Street Bridge, the bustling hub is home to fruit, vegetable and seafood markets, boutique shops and entertainment venues.

"This was a regular night of classes where other students were at the school as well," said Fincham.

Victim taken to hospital

He was unable to comment on the nature of the ongoing dispute between the two students or the attacker's alleged motive.

"What was said or what happened leading up to last night's stabbing certainly will play a role in the investigation," Fincham added.

The 26-year-old victim was taken to hospital and treated for "minor injuries," he said, noting "no facial injury or stabbing to the face is that minor of an injury."

The university cancelled classes on Thursday while police searched for the suspect who had left campus immediately after the attack.

Counselling offered to students

University spokesman Broek Bosma said cancelling classes would "allow faculty, staff and students to gather and discuss and begin the healing process." The school is enlisting additional counselling services to offer support to students and other community members.

There have been no incidents of violence on campus in recent history, the university said in an earlier news release.

"We don't have anything on record (and) we've been around for 90 years," said Bosma.

The university was unaware of any complaints about the students involved in Wednesday's incident, he said, adding it was too early to say what disciplinary action could be taken against the suspect.

Classes and exams are scheduled to resume Friday.

The university website indicates 2,002 full-time, undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled at the school in the 2014-15 academic year, while 1,273 full- and part-time students were enrolled in certificate and continuing studies programs.