A teenager was shot dead in a parking lot during an argument over loud music, police say.
Aidan Ellison, 19, was reportedly murdered by Robert Keegan, 47, in a nighttime row in Ashland, Oregon.
They reportedly argued over the black teenager who played loud music in a hotel parking lot on November 23.
Keegan is said to have removed a gun from his jacket and shot him once in the chest at 4:20 AM outside the Stratford Inn.
Emergency services arrived, but the victim was pronounced dead on the spot from a single gunshot wound.
The victim and the suspect both stayed at the hotel but did not know each other, police said in a statement.
Keegan, of Talent, Oregon, was arrested for second degree manslaughter, first degree homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm, and recklessly endangering another.
He denied all charges last Friday and is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail.
Told Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara CNN : “The blame for the incident lies entirely with Robert Keegan, he is 100% responsible for it.
“He’s the one who chose to put a gun in the situation.”
“I understand there are legitimate tensions around violence against people of color in the US, and this situation speaks directly to that.”
Keegan will appear in court on February 21 next year.
He was staying at the inn after being displaced by a forest fire that 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 father was arrested.
Precious Edmonds, a spokesman for the Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition (SOBLACC), said the murder was an example of white supremacy.
She told local media it was “really about him not submitting to that man’s alleged authority.”