NMSU basketball player Mike Peake shot dead, UNM student dead: What we know

Last update of the story: Sunday, November 20, 12:50 p.m

LAS CRUCES — A University of New Mexico student is dead and a New Mexico state student is recovering from gunshot wounds after an incident at the UNM campus early Saturday morning, causing a highly anticipated basketball game between the rival schools to be postponed was held later that day.

As of Sunday, more than 24 hours after filming, there are still more questions than answers. Here’s a look at what we know.

the shoot

The New Mexico State Police is leading the investigation into the fatal shooting on the UNM campus. Although police released a statement Saturday afternoon stating that one person died in the shooting, relevant police records have not yet been made available.

In the statement, police said there was an altercation between a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man on campus around 3 a.m. Saturday. Both men suffered gunshot wounds.

The 19-year-old, who was later identified as a UNM student, was pronounced dead on the spot. His name was not published.

Students walk next to Coronado Hall, a residence hall on the University of New Mexico campus, on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

The 21-year-old who the Sun News has confirmed that Mike Peake, a forward for the NMSU basketball team, was taken to an Albuquerque hospital after the shooting.

UNM students speaking to the Sun News On Saturday night, they said they heard the shooting between 3:15 a.m. and 3:20 a.m. near a back entrance to the on-campus Coronado Hall dorm complex. Police arrived within 5 to 10 minutes, the students said.

That Albuquerque Journal later reported Saturday that the walls of the dorm “appeared to be pockmarked with multiple bullet holes and at least one window smashed in.”

No one had been charged in the shooting as of late Sunday morning, although police have said an investigation is ongoing.

Mike Peake dribbles during a practice session on day one of New Mexico state men's basketball practice September 27.  Peake was shot dead in an incident on the University of New Mexico campus on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Mike Peake shot

Peake, a 21-year-old junior, is the basketball team’s starting power.

A Chicago native, Peake spent most of his high school years in Kansas. The 6-foot-7, 218-pound forward played for Georgia and Austin Peay before joining NMSU for the 2021-22 season.

Peake is one of two returning players in this year’s Aggie Hoops roster. In the team’s first two games, he averaged 9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2 blocks in just over 20 minutes.