Black Teenager Is Fatally Shot in Argument Over Music, Police Say

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A Black teenager was shot and killed last week in Oregon by a white man who had confronted him in a hotel parking lot for playing loud music, the authorities said.

The shooting took place in the early-morning hours of Nov. 23 at the Stratford Inn in Ashland, Ore., about 180 miles south of Eugene, the police said.

A guest at the inn, Robert Paul Keegan, 47, left his room because he thought someone was playing music too loudly in the lot outside, according to the police. After an argument, Mr. Keegan, who is white, “pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot” into the victim’s chest, the police said in a statement.

“Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to the scene to attempt to render aid, however the man was beyond help,” the police said.

Chief Tighe O’Meara of the Ashland Police Department identified the victim as Aiden Ellison, 19, though a friend and a woman who answered the phone at Ashland High School, where Mr. Ellison was a student, said his first name was Aidan, with two A’s.

Chief O’Meara said the department was looking into whether the shooting “was driven by race,” adding that a racial motive had not been “legally substantiated.”

Three days after the killing, Chief O’Meara issued a statement seeking to clarify remarks attributed to him in some news accounts of the shooting.

“It has been reported in some local media sources that I said this murder was ‘because of’ something,” he said. “The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions, 100 percent.”

“This did not happen because of loud music,” he added. “It happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it, 100% on him, not the poor young man that was murdered.”

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