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Police: Shooter feared trick-or-treater was robber

By MEG KINNARD – 1 hour ago

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — An ex-convict who 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 night. T.J.'s 9-year-old brother, Ahmadre Darrisaw, and their father, Freddie Grinnell, were injured but were released after being treated at a hospital.

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. Another sibling was with them, but wasn't hurt.

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.

"He wasn't going to be robbed again, and he wasn't going to be shot again," Patterson said Saturday at a news conference.

She said T.J., a bright young man, suffered multiple wounds, including a fatal shot to his head. No one answered the door at the 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 has been charged with murder, three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, and one count of assault with intent to kill.

Police said they also charged a 19-year-old in his home, Ericka Patrice Pee, with obstruction of justice when she was caught trying to run away after the shooting with $7,500 in cash. Patterson did not give an explanation for the money.

Pee's 2-year-old daughter was inside during the shooting and is now being cared for by family members.

Patterson said Patrick had multiple drug convictions but police do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the shooting. Authorities did not know if Patrick or Pee had attorneys. Both are being held without bond.

A man who identified himself as Patrick's brother but declined to give his name said in a call to The Associated Press that he believed Patrick was suffering from post-traumatic stress after a break-in last December. The man's account matched the 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."

Patrick's home is off a busy, two-lane road in Sumter, a city of about 40,000 people. On Saturday, shattered glass still covered the front stoop and about 20 bullet holes peppered the front door and a front-window casement. A firefighter used a hose to wash bloodstains away.

The shooting shocked residents of a neighborhood where most people know each other well.

"I just hate it that that little kid got killed. It used to be the quietest place. I knew everybody and everybody knew me," said Vivian Johnson, 81, who lives two doors from Patrick and Pee but said she did not know them.

County Councilman Charles Edens said he lives just a few blocks away and passed the crime scene on his way back from trick-or-treating with his 13-year-old daughter, who was upset by the news.

"It's going to put a dampening on Halloween," Eden said. "I would think twice about going to a door that we don't know who lives behind."
 

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Draw the line.

If you read my other posts, I am a staunch advocate of the right of citizens to:

1. Own guns (of any kind)
2. Defend their homes against reasonable threat.

Even I cannot defend someone who fires indiscriminately against an unverified threat. The law is clear on this matter as well. No one was inside his house, no one forcefully entered, he had no reason to believe that he was being threatened.

It sounds like he was a felon with previous convictions... I would be happy to argue with anyone who contends that drug use doesn't permanently alter decision making ability. We release the kind of person who gives in to paranoia and fires through a closed door but keep people in jail for selling marijuana? Sad.

I hope he gets the max penalty. Likely he will not get what he truly deserves.
 

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There is more to this than they are saying.

The guy who shot the kid had his sister run with 7500 dollars....

Maybe he is just the type to keep 7500 cash laying around but considering he has a criminal record...I would guess it is something else.
 

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Yep, when I saw 22 year old ex-con matching up with $7500 in cash it sent off a big red flag here too. I have nothing at all against folks having cash either. I often have a wad myself, altho not that much, I'm not as young nor am I an ex-con.

Was it his sister? I looked again but missed that. Wouldn't be the first time I misread an article.
 

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felons are mainly exempt from threat verification because they shouldnt be in possession anyway.
 
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I have, among all my tv's and monitors, one camera pointing at the front door and one at the back door..........living here for the past eight years and only one person had the nerves to come to my door (no trespassing signs all over the place) and it was a Deputy Sheriff (retired) asking for a donation.........I walked him outside my property.

Funny thing about this tiny town......everyone knows about me but I don't know anyone.
 

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Quentin Patrick is nothing less than an American Patriot expressing his god given 2nd ammendment rights.
 

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ok, im never sticking up for you again. now i have to agree with everyone else.
why?

"" Eden said. "I would think twice about going to a door that we don't know who lives behind.""

just common sense.
 

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You should at least see who you are killing. That said, I think Halloween should by the way of the slide rule. It won't however, because more money is spent on Halloween than any other holiday, including Christmas.
 

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If you read my other posts, I am a staunch advocate of the right of citizens to:

1. Own guns (of any kind)
2. Defend their homes against reasonable threat.

Even I cannot defend someone who fires indiscriminately against an unverified threat. The law is clear on this matter as well. No one was inside his house, no one forcefully entered, he had no reason to believe that he was being threatened.

It sounds like he was a felon with previous convictions... I would be happy to argue with anyone who contends that drug use doesn't permanently alter decision making ability. We release the kind of person who gives in to paranoia and fires through a closed door but keep people in jail for selling marijuana? Sad.

I hope he gets the max penalty. Likely he will not get what he truly deserves.
I would never just open fire through my front door, even given my past experience [rape].

You do not know who you are firing at and I have more self-discipline that to fire a weapon indiscriminately.

I have no sympathy for him.
 

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This story has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, or Halloween, or self defense, or owning firearms.

The guy is a deranged lunatic who was probably in the midst of a drug induced hallucination. Not even hardened criminals are stupid enough to shoot without knowing what they're shooting at so let's not make this about the Second Amendment.

He could have used a fougasse, or a battering ram, or a bear trap, or whatever and than people would not have found it necessary to talk about his choice of hardware, but rather about how much of a mental case he is...
 
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