A men's basketball game between rivals New Mexico and New Mexico State was postponed Saturday after a fatal shooting on the New Mexico campus that reportedly involved NMSU forward Mike Peake.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, New Mexico State Police stated there had been an altercation between a 19-year-old male and a 21-year-old male around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, with both receiving gunshot wounds.
The 19-year-old was reportedly pronounced dead on the scene, while the 21-year-old was transported to an area hospital. Police reportedly confirmed the 19-year-old to be a New Mexico student and the 21-year-old to be a New Mexico State student.
The Sun-News identified Peake, a junior, as that New Mexico State student. His physical condition remains unclear.
Peake is one of only two members of the NMSU men's basketball team who returned from last year's roster. He had seen stints at Georgia and Austin Peay before landing with NMSU in 2021, and mostly came off the bench for the Aggies last season. He has started both games this season, posting 18 points and seven rebounds in 41 minutes.
The game, a home contest for New Mexico, was initially scheduled for 5 p.m. local time, but the two schools released a joint statement announcing the game would be moved to a later date in light of "the tragic incident" in Albuquerque.
UPDATE on tonight's game... pic.twitter.com/lfXsSlNNVq
— Lobo Basketball (@UNMLoboMBB) November 19, 2022
The two teams are already scheduled to play again on Dec. 3 at New Mexico State's campus.
The incident, less than a week after the tragic on-campus shooting involving members of the Virginia football team, drew the attention of New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:
I am deeply saddened by the news of a fatal shooting on the University of New Mexico campus last night.
The state has been in contact with UNM & offered our support, and my office will continue to monitor the situation. My thoughts are with the loved ones of all those affected.
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) November 19, 2022
The Sun-News also reports a bus transporting the New Mexico State players back to Las Cruces was stopped by New Mexico State Police. A police spokesperson reportedly said the bus was stopped "as part of the ongoing investigation into the homicide at UNM" and has since been released.