ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Police identified a University of New Mexico student who was killed in a campus shootout Saturday with a New Mexico State University basketball player, resulting in a basketball game being rescheduled between the two schools.
New Mexico State Police identified the dead student as 19-year-old Brandon Travis. Police did not identify the New Mexico State University student in a press release. But the Las Cruces Sun-News, part of the USA TODAY Network, as well as ESPN and other outlets, reported that the student is Mike Peake, a junior forward on the MSU basketball team.
Peake, who was shot during the incident, was taken to an area hospital.
As of Sunday, he was listed in stable condition.
Police say no charges have been filed against Peake and the case is being investigated as a murder.
How and why the paths of the students crossed remained unclear on Monday.
State police investigators believe Travis conspired with a 17-year-old girl and two male friends — all UNM students — to lure 21-year-old Peake onto campus and assault him.
Sometime around 3 a.m. near the Coronado Hall dorm on the New Mexico campus, Travis confronted Peake. According to investigators, Travis had a firearm and shot Peake. Peake also had a firearm and shot Travis, police say.
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Travis was pronounced dead at the scene.
The girl and two male friends fled after the shooting, police said. The girl has since been arrested, taken to a pre-trial detention center and charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy.
Police investigators said they had identified the two male friends and were working with the local district attorney to determine whether they should be charged. Police did not identify the girl or the men.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu confirmed Sunday that “one of our student-athletes is now in the hospital following an altercation on the UNM campus.”
Peake is the forward for the New Mexico State basketball team and was in Albuquerque for a game against New Mexico that was scheduled to start Saturday. The sold-out game was postponed after news of the shooting.
“Some of our track and field staff stayed behind in Albuquerque to be with our student athlete,” Arvizu added in a letter to students, parents, staff, alumni and fans. “NMSU personnel have been in contact with investigators and have cooperated with law enforcement throughout.”
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Arvizu did not identify the student-athlete and said “additional circumstances surrounding this incident are still being investigated” and that it is important that “no one will jump to judgment until all the facts are available.”
Officer Ray Wilson, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police, said officers pulled over the Aggies’ team bus “as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder” as the vehicle was driving back to Las Cruces Saturday afternoon.
The bus was later released without arresting anyone on board, Wilson said.
“The entire Lobo community is shocked by this incident and we mourn the death of one of our students and the injuries sustained to another person,” University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes said in a statement. “I cannot express how deeply saddened I am by this tragedy on so many levels.”
The deadly shooting came six days after a former University of Virginia soccer player allegedly killed three Cavaliers soccer players and injured two other students on the Charlottesville campus before being arrested.
Contribution: The Associated Press
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