Teenager shot dead in hotel car park ‘after row over playing loud music’

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A teenager was shot dead in a car park during a row about loud music, police say.

Aidan Ellison, 19, was allegedly killed by Robert Keegan, 47, during a late night row in Ashland, Oregon.

They were reportedly arguing over the black teen playing music loudly in a hotel car park on November 23.

Keegan is said to have whipped out a gun from his coat and shot him once in the chest at 4.20am outside the Stratford Inn.

Emergency services arrived but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

The victim and suspect were both staying at the hotel but did not know each other, police said in a statement.

Keegan, of Talent, Oregon, was arrested for second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm and recklessly endangering another person.

He denied all charges last Friday and is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail.

Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara told CNN : "The blame for the incident is entirely on Robert Keegan, he is 100% responsible for it.

"He's the one who chose to bring a gun into the situation.”

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“I understand that there are legitimate tensions surrounding matters of violence against people of colour in the US, and this situation speaks directly to that.”

Keegan is due to appear in court on February 21 next year.

He had been staying at the inn after being displaced by a wildfire which killed two people, police said.

His three-year-old son was in their room at the time of the shooting.

He was handed over to his grandparents when his dad was arrested.

Precious Edmonds, a spokesperson for the Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition (SOBLACC), said the killing was an example of white supremacy.

She told local media it was “really about him not submitting to that man’s perceived authority”.

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