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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Dead, 5 Wounded In Australia Shooting

MELBOURNE, Australia -- A man armed with several handguns walked into an Australian university lecture room on Monday, shot dead two students and wounded five before he was overpowered by the victims' classmates, police said.

The shooting came amid heightened nervousness in Australia a week after bombs killed 180 tourists, many from Australia, in the popular Indonesian holiday island of Bali to Australia's north.

"We've confirmed now that there are two men of Asian appearance both dead," police constable Craig Sharkie told Reuters.

"There are a further five that have been taken by both air and road ambulance to various hospitals around Melbourne."

Police said a man had been taken into custody and was being questioned over the shooting at the Monash University campus on the outskirts of Melbourne.

There was no indication of a possible motive, although police superintendent Trevor Parks said it was unlikely to be an act of terrorism.

Parks said students who tackled the gunman had probably averted a much higher death toll.

"The students who actually tackled this person have done a tremendous job and I think we've been saved from further ... death or injury because there were a number of handguns present in the classroom," Parks said.

The dead and injured were all students, Monash vice chancellor Peter Darvall told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. Two of the injured were in serious condition.