NMSU player Mike Peake allegedly involved in UNM shooting

The New Mexico State-University of New Mexico basketball game scheduled to tip off Saturday in Albuquerque has been postponed after a shooting death on the UNM campus.

NMSU basketball player Mike Peake was injured in the shooting and is hospitalized, according to multiple sources.

Details of the UNM shooting

New Mexico State Police is investigating the homicide on the main campus of UNM.

Police stated that there was an altercation between a 19-year-old male and a 21-year-old male about 3 am Saturday, and both sustained gunshot wounds.

The 19-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene while the 21-year-old was transported to an area hospital, according to NMSP’s statement.

State police have not released the names of those involved in the shooting, however they have confirmed that the 19-year-old was a UNM student and the 21-year-old is a NMSU student.

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

Portions of UNM roads and lots near Coronado Hall, a complex for students living on campus, remained closed into Saturday afternoon as police conducted an investigation. Students who heard the shooting said it happened about 3:15 to 3:20 am near a back entrance to the residence hall, and said police arrived within 5 to 10 minutes.

Mike Peake’s alleged involvement

Multiple sources confirmed to the sun-news that the 21-year-old shot in the incident is NMSU men’s basketball junior forward Mike Peake.

New Mexico State officials have yet to publicly confirm Peake’s involvement nor have they provided updates on his injuries or condition.

Mike Peake dribbles during a drill on New Mexico State's first day of men's basketball practice Sept.  27.

Peake is one of two returning members from last year’s Aggie team and was NMSU’s starting power forward for the first two games of the season. Peake is averaging 9 points per game, 3.5 rebounds and 2 blocks in just over 20 minutes per game this season.

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

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