NT Police have dispatched extra resources to East Arnhem Land following a violent altercation in Yirrkala that saw a teenager killed and three other men sent to hospital with stab wounds.
One of the three men hospitalised is in a critical condition, NT police said, as they continue the investigation. No arrests or charges have been laid.
The 16-year-old male died of multiple stab wounds during the clash around 2:40pm Wednesday, that involved up to 100 people and several weapons, NT Police Assistant Commissioner of Crime, Intelligence and Capability, Michael White said.
Police initially reported the fatality was a 17-year-old male but yesterday clarified that he was 16.
They did not mention what sorts of weapons were used or if any were seized during the clash.
In a statement, NT Police said the three men, aged 18, 40, and 45, who also suffered stab wounds, were initially taken to Gove District Hospital and were later transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital.
They said two of the men are in a stable condition and the third is in a “serious but stable condition”. They did not disclose the age of the man who’s critical, but media reports indicate it is the 45-year-old.
Commissioner White said the investigations are still ongoing into the incident.
He also said there have been no arrests made in relation to the incident.
He urged anyone with video footage of the disturbance or other evidence that may help in the investigation to submit it to the police here.
“Anyone who saw the disturbance or who has other information is asked to attend the police station,” he said.
“Police are saddened by what has happened and will be working closely with the community to solve this problem.
“There have been no further incidents and we appreciate the calm response and support from the community at this sad time, as investigations proceed.”
Investigators, forensics and Aboriginal Community Police Officers have been sent to Nhulunbuy to aid in the investigation, Mr White said.
“The Territory Response Group is on the ground to provide assistance to the general duties members if required.”
Reports indicate the melee involving dozens of people erupted near the sports oval in Yirrkala.
The town’s oval is just a few meters away from the offices of Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation and Lirrwi Tourism on Galpu Rd.
Meanwhile, the Gove Australian Football League (GAFL) announced on social media that this weekend’s GAFL football matches have been cancelled.
“In consideration of the recent tragic event, the GAFL Committee has decided in consultation with relevant stakeholders and with respect to families and community that all of this weekend’s GAFL football matches have been cancelled,” the Facebook post stated.
They did not mention if any players were involved in the violence.