A fatal shooting on the campus of the University of New Mexico led to the postponement of Saturday night’s game between the Lobos and New Mexico State.
The Albuquerque Journal reported the shooting took place around 3 a.m. Saturday morning near a residence hall on campus. Officer Chase Jewell of the Albuquerque Police Department told the newspaper that one person was pronounced dead on the scene from gunshot injuries.
The Journal reported that New Mexico State forward Mike Peake was shot during the incident and transported to a local hospital. New Mexico State hasn’t confirmed that the 21-year-old Peake was involved nor has it divulged his condition.
The person killed was a 19-year-old New Mexico student.
Authorities are investigating to learn who else was at the scene.
The university put out an alert at 4:15 a.m. indicating that there was not a threat to the campus community.
The two schools put out a joint statement on Saturday. The game was scheduled to be played at The Pit on the New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.
“In light of the tragic incident earlier this morning on the University of New Mexico campus, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have jointly decided to postpone this evening’s men’s basketball contest between the two schools,” the statement read, adding details regarding a rescheduled game would follow.
“Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by this tragedy.”
State police in New Mexico are leading the investigation.
The 6-foot-7 Peake is averaging 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games this season. He has a team-leading four blocked shots.
This is at least the third college game either postponed or called off because of campus gun violence this week.
Following the shooting deaths of three University of Virginia football players on Sunday, that school canceled its men’s basketball game on Monday against Northern Iowa. A mourning Cavaliers football team also called off its game Saturday against Coastal Carolina.
–Field Level Media
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