An incident of shooting on the University of Mexico campus has left a 19-year-old student dead. The shooting occurred during an altercation between the deceased and a 21-year-old man, who has been injured in the incident. The tragedy took place during the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Following the incident, a men’s basketball match between the UNM and the New Mexico State University teams has been cancelled.
Here is a tweet from the University of New Mexico team announcing the recent update:
The shooting took place about 3 a.m. and the wounded man was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, police said. His condition was not immediately disclosed.
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Albuquerque police called the shooting “a singular incident” and not a threat to other students on campus.“This is not an active shooter,” the department said.
The university issued alerts overnight notifying the campus community that the shooting happened near Alvarado Hall, a student dormitory.
University and Albuquerque police are investigating the shooting. State police said the investigation was in the preliminary stages, but that authorities did not believe there was an ongoing threat to the community.
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The state police, who have not yet announced the name of any suspect, said, “This investigation is in the very preliminary stages as investigators and crime scene agents work to process the evidence and identify witnesses to learn what lead up to the shooting”.
Universities in the United States have recently emerged as a hotbed of violence. The brutal murders of four University of Idaho students in an off-campus home have sent shockwaves all over the country.
Three football players of the University of Virginia (UVA) team were shot to death on campus recently while a further two were wounded. Police have been able to arrest UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and a yet-unnamed former UVA football player in connection with the slayings.