New Mexico State Police revealed in a news release Sunday that attacker Mike Beck, who was involved in a fatal shooting on the University of New Mexico campus over the weekend, was “lured” by four students from the university who “conspired” to assault him.
The development follows the New Mexico State Police Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the death of 19-year-old Brandon Travis, who was shot and killed Saturday by a 21-year-old student at NMSU, later identified by reports as Peake, an junior student in the The Aggies men’s basketball team.
The altercation took place on the UNM campus around 3 a.m., prior to a basketball game between the two schools. The match was later postponed as a result of the shooting.
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According to law enforcement, Travis “conspired with a 17-year-old woman and two of his [his] male friends, all of whom are UNM students, to lure the 21-year-old victim onto the university campus and assault him.”
As a result, both Travis and Beck suffered gunshot wounds. Police said the two men were armed but Travis “grabbed the victim and shot her”. Beck then fatally shot Travis, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner’s office.
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The female and two males fled the scene, but the female was later arrested and charged with battery and conspiracy. Investigators have identified the two men and are “working with the district attorney to determine what charges, if any, they face.”
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Investigators repeatedly referred to the 21-year-old NMSU student as the “victim”, noting that the police did not identify the victims.
Beck was taken to an area hospital, but his current condition was not known until Sunday.