New Mexico-New Mexico State postponed after campus shooting

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A fatal shooting on the University of New Mexico campus led to the postponement of Saturday night’s men’s basketball game between the Lobos and New Mexico State.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the shooting took place early Saturday morning near an on-campus dorm. Albuquerque Police Department Officer Chase Jewell told the newspaper that one person was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at the scene.

A New Mexico state player may have been involved, the Journal reported, adding, “Two sources have confirmed he was not the person killed and police have not confirmed what his involvement was.”

ABC affiliate KVIA said both a 19-year-old and 21-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds in the incident and that the younger man died.

The university issued an alert at 4:15 a.m. indicating there was no threat to the campus community.

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On Saturday, the two schools released a joint statement. The game was scheduled to be played at The Pit on the New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.

“In light of the tragic incident this morning on the University of New Mexico campus, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have jointly decided to reschedule tonight’s men’s basketball competition between the two schools,” the statement said added details regarding a rescheduled game would follow.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

The New Mexico State Police are leading the investigation.

This is at least the third college game to be either postponed or canceled this week because of campus gun violence.

Following the shooting deaths of three University of Virginia football players on Sunday, the school canceled Monday’s men’s basketball game against Northern Iowa. A grieving Cavaliers football team also canceled their game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.