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January 16, 2006

Shooting claims OU student

Three others injured after incident at Stillwater party

Transcript Staff

A University of Oklahoma student is dead and three others are injured following a violent end to an early Sunday morning party at a Stillwater hotel.

According to the Stillwater Police Department, OU student Paul Shanor, 21, was shot in the chest shortly after 3 a.m. when two male suspects were denied entry into the invitation only party hosted by an Oklahoma State University student at the Stillwater Holiday Inn. In response to being turned away one of the men produced a handgun and discharged several rounds into the hotel room occupied by 40 to 60 people, a police release said.

The event at the Holiday Inn was an after party for a dance sponsored by OSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity held hours earlier at the OSU Student Union. Shanor was a member of the OU chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

"Apparently, the suspect and another individual showed up and tried to crash the party," said Lt. Michael Metcalf in an interview with The Associated Press Sunday. "When the people that were hosting the party said that it was by invitation only, an argument ensued and (the suspect) fired several shots into the room."

After the gunfire had ended, Shanor, of Carrollton, Texas, was rushed to the Stillwater Medical Center where he remained in intensive care until his death at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

"With the death of Paul Shanor, the University family feels a tremendous sense of loss," OU President David L. Boren said in statement. "Paul was a highly respected student at the Univeristy of Oklahoma where he was active in his fraternity, Camp Crimson for new students and many other areas of student life. It is heartbreaking to see his life cut short in such a tragic way. We all extend our love and sympathy to his family and friends."

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