A man has fatally shot a teenager because he was playing his music too loud.
The incident unfolded in Oregon during Thanksgiving week.
Robert Paul Keegan, 47, shot 19-year-old Aidan Ellison after getting upset that the teen was playing music loudly in the parking lot of an inn that the two were staying at, police said.
They had gotten into an argument at the Stratford Inn in Ashland because Ellison was playing loud music late at night, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said.
Around 4.20am last Monday, Keegan pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot, striking Ellison in the chest, police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The blame for the incident is entirely on Robert Keegan, he is 100 per cent responsible for it,” O’Meara said.
“He’s the one who chose to bring a gun into the situation.”
‘He’s the one who chose to bring a gun into the situation.’
Keegan was arraigned on November 24 and indicted for charges including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm, and recklessly endangering another person.
He pleaded not guilty to all four charges on Friday.
He is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail and is set to appear in court on February 21, 2021.
Keegan was staying at the inn because he was among those displaced by the Almeda Drive wildfire, which killed two people and tore through hundreds of homes, according to O’Meara.
His three-year-old son was in their hotel room at the time of the shooting and was handed over to his grandparents when his father was arrested, O’Meara said.
Calls against racism
The killing of Ellison, a black man, resulted in collective mourning from his community alongside calls against racism, which O’Meara said was “valid.”
“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,” O’Meara said.
“I want to do whatever I can with the police department to navigate our marginalised community member relationships and find a way through this.”
CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.