Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:47 am
Sunday, November 02, 2008
SUMTER, S.C. " An ex-convict who says he thought he was being robbed gunned down a 12-year-old trick-or-treater, spraying nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle from inside his home after hearing a knock on the door, police said Saturday.
Quentin Patrick, 22, is accused of killing 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw on Friday. T.J.'s 9-year-old brother, Ahmadre Darrisaw, and their father, Freddie Grinnell, were injured. Another sibling was with them but wasn't hurt.
The family attended a Halloween celebration in downtown Sumter, 45 miles east of Columbia, then stopped at Patrick's house because the porch light was on, police said. Police said at least two of the boys were wearing ghoulish masks when they knocked on the door. The boys' mother and a toddler stayed in the car nearby.
Patrick emptied his AK-47, shooting at least 29 times through his front door, walls and windows after hearing the knock, Police Chief Patty Patterson said. He told police he had been robbed and shot in the past year.
No one answered the door at the Darrisaw family's home Saturday.
"This is by far one of the worst tragedies that I have had to personally experience," Patterson said. "It happened basically because kids were out doing what they would normally do on Halloween."
Patrick faces a charge of murder, three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill and one count of assault with intent to kill. He is being held without bail.
Patterson said Patrick had multiple drug convictions but that police do not think he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the shooting.
A man who identified himself as Patrick's brother but declined to give his name told The Associated Press that he thought Patrick was suffering from post-traumatic stress after a break-in last December. The man's account matched information police provided.
"We want to let his family know that this is a total tragic accident," he said. "He was trying to protect his family."
can't wait to hear how the A2k gun nuts explain this senseless killing...
Now there's a house that needed a pumpkin sign.
That story broke my heart.
What kind of person just starts shooting a kids through the door?
Can you imagine seeing that happen to your child? Could you imagine waking up every day for the rest of your life wondering "why"? My heart aches for this family.
There's a serious disconnect here. Does one expect a burglar, or someone intent on home invasion to knock first? There's more than meets the eye in this story.
This article didn't mention it, but another individual in the house was charged with obstruction of justice for trying to run away from the scene with over $7,000 in cash.
There's certainly more to this one.
I just heard on the radio that the shooter is being charged with 1st degree murder
Heard about this one. Really, really sad.
Good. Let the the asshole fry. South Carolina still has the electric chair don't they? Let's put it to good use.