Student killed, New Mexico State basketball player hospitalized after shooting on UNM's campus


Mike Peake goes through a workout during the NMSU men's basketball team's first day of practice Sept. 27.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police identified a University of New Mexico student who was killed in a Saturday shootout on campus with a New Mexico State University basketball player that prompted a basketball game between the two schools to be postponed.

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 news release. But the Las Cruces Sun-News, part of the USA TODAY Network, as well as ESPN and other outlets, reported the student is Mike Peake, a junior forward on the MSU basketball team.

Peake, who was shot during the incident, was transported to an area hospital. 

As of Sunday he was listed in stable condition.

Mike Peake dribbles during a drill on New Mexico State's first day of men's basketball practice Sept. 27. Peake was shot during an incident on the University of New Mexico campus on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

State police investigators believe Travis conspired with a 17-year-old girl and two male friends – all UNM students to lure Peake, 21, to campus and assault him.

Sometime around 3 a.m. near the Coronado Hall dorm on New Mexico’s 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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Students walk next to Coronado Hall, a residence hall on the University of New Mexico campus on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

Travis was pronounced dead  at the scene.

The girl and two male friends fled after the shooting, according to police. The girl has since been arrested, booked into a detention center and charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy.

Police investigators say they’ve 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.

The investigation  is ongoing, police say.

NMSP on Monday announced the arrest of 19-year-old Jonathan Smith in connection to shooting. Smith was charged with aggravated battery (third-degree felony), conspiracy to commit a felony, and two counts of tampering with evidence (fourth-degree felonies).


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