Juco player shot, in critical, after confronting groper

Updated: October 31, 2006, 3:24 PM ET
Associated Press

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 released.

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.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press