JUCO player shot, in critical, after confronting groper

Updated: October 29, 2006, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- A college basketball player who police say confronted a man who was touching females inappropriately at a Halloween party was in critical condition Sunday after he was shot in the head and chest.

Police found Terrist Parramore of Fort Worth, Texas, 18, lying on the floor of a Ramada Inn banquet room after they answered a call concerning fights and underage drinking at a Halloween party near midnight Saturday.

Parramore, who plays basketball for the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, was taken to Sparks Hospital, according to police Sgt. Jarrard Copeland. Parramore's mother and other family members drove overnight to be with him Sunday, Copeland said.

Two people were arrested Sunday morning on an attempted capital murder charge and held without bond. One was identified as William Harold Steward III, 25. The other is a 16-year-old male, Copeland said. The teenager's name was not released.

Police allege Steward was touching females at the party inappropriately and was confronted by Parramore. Investigators say the two exchanged words and Steward walked away but returned minutes later with the teenager and pointed to Parramore. "That's him," Steward allegedly said.

Police say the 16-year-old then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at Parramore.

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