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Oregon teen gunned down in hotel parking lot following dispute over loud music

A dispute over loud music ended with a 47-year-old Oregon man fatally shooting a Black teenager in a hotel parking lot just days before Thanksgiving, police said.

The shooting happened in front of the Stratford Inn in Ashland, about 16 miles north of the California-Oregon border, in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, authorities said.

Aidan Ellison, 19, was staying at the hotel with his friend Sara Jones and her cousin when the young man couldn’t sleep that night.

“I gave Aidan my car keys to listen to music,” Jones, 35, told NBC News on Monday.

“I had fallen back asleep because I had to work in a few hours. Around 4:50 a.m. I get a knock at the door from police asking, ‘Is there a young black male that stayed with me?’ I said, ‘Yes, that would be Aidan.’ They asked me if I knew where he was. I said, ‘Yes, I’ll take you to him, he’s in my car.’ They said he wasn’t in trouble. He was possibly shot and it was a matter of life or death and they needed to find him.”

When she and the police got downstairs, Jones said she saw Ellison’s body near a tree and some shrubs as paramedics attended to him. Police said in a statement that though paramedics attempted to render aid on the scene, Ellison was “beyond help” and died on scene.

“From what I was told was there was an argument over loud music, the front desk clerk tried to break up the argument but when he went back inside is when Aidan was shot,” said Jones, who lives at the hotel and knew Ellison from their work at a local fast food restaurant.

While the deadly dispute may have started over loud music, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said in a statement that this tragedy is “100%” the fault of suspect Robert Paul Keegan.

“The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions,” O’Meara said. “It is completely immaterial what led up to it.”

The chief added: “Yes, there was an argument over music, no, this did not happen because of loud music, it happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it.”

Keegan allegedly pulled a gun from inside his coat “and fired a single shot, striking the victim in the chest,” according to a police statement.

Jim Tumpane, owner of the Stratford Inn, said he and his staff are “heartbroken, shocked, and angered by the senseless murder” Ellison.

“Our hearts grieve for his family and friends. We appreciate the vigils that have been coordinated,” Tumpane said in a statement. “We also welcome and greatly encourage the posting of ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs on our property. We are thankful for the community’s support towards all of those affected, including Aidan’s loved ones, our staff, and our residents here at the Stratford Inn.”

Keegan, who lives in nearby Talent, was arrested at the scene and was still in

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Staff report

Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center was last modified: November 22nd, 2020 by Christine Huard

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