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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Police charge man in Parrom shooting

By Eamonn Brennan

Before today, we knew a few things about the gunshot wound Arizona forward Kevin Parrom suffered in New York last week. We knew Parrom was shaken up and obviously injured but otherwise unharmed. We knew he was heading back to Tucson to begin the long recovery process. And we knew, through Parrom's Twitter account, that he had managed to maintain a healthy sense of perspective about the entire frightening ordeal.

We didn't know much, if any, of the incident's particulars. Why was Parrom shot? Who did the shooting? Those answers are coming into focus, as New York police have formally charged 19-year-old Jason Gonzalez with attempted murder and nine other crimes during an arraignment in New York City, per the Arizona Daily Star. Gonzalez pleaded not guilty Sunday and was held on $25,000 bail. He'll be back in court Wednesday.

There's still a long way to go on those charges, and as such, they still deserve the word "allegedly" as a prefix. But Parrom's account of the incident were included in a criminal complaint, and it gives at least some idea of how the forward was shot:
The criminal complaint cited a police deposition stating Parrom's account of what happened. It said that Parrom told police he did not give permission for the defendant and another, unapprehended man to enter his home and, when they did, they acted together in kicking open Parrom's bedroom door.

Parrom told police that the defendant pointed a silver firearm at him, that a struggle ensued and that the defendant pulled the gun several times, hitting Parrom once above his right knee.

The complaint noted that Parrom also told police the gunshot wound caused "bleeding and substantial pain, as well as annoyance, alarm and fear for his physical safety."

Annoyance? I'd say so.

There is one more pertinent detail that might be relevant to the nature of Parrom's injury and his ability to get back on the floor anytime in the near future:
The complaint's notation that Parrom was shot above his right knee may be significant to his recovery on the court; the NYPD had said Parrom was shot in the back of his knee.

One assumes a wound above the knee -- in the meaty part of the thigh, perhaps -- would be better news than a shot to the back of the knee itself, which seems likely to damage ligaments and bone and all of the other complicated structures therein. But that's just an assumption. Either way, the injury is likely to require a long recovery. In the meantime, there is justice to be served.