FORT SMITH, Ark. -- A player for a championship junior
college basketball team was shot in the head and chest after police
say he confronted a man who was touching females inappropriately at
a Halloween party Saturday night.
Terrist Parramore, 18, of Fort Worth, Texas, was listed in critical
condition Sunday night at Sparks Medical Center.
Two people were arrested, officers said Sunday.
Police say they found Parramore 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.
Police Sgt. Jarrard Copeland said Parramore's mother and other
family members drove up early Sunday from Fort Worth to be with him
in the hospital. Parramore plays for the junior-college sports
program at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, which won the
NJCAA Division I title last season.
The two arrested Sunday morning were taken into custody on
attempted capital murder charges 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
According to investigators, 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 reportedly said.
Police say the 16-year-old then pulled out a handgun and fired
several shots at Parramore.