- Aug 21, 2003
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- Chattanooga, TN
Police: Shooter feared trick-or-treater was robber
- By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press Writer Meg Kinnard, Associated Press Writer – Sat Nov 1, 6:39 pm ET
AP – This undated photo provided by the Sumter, (S.C.) Police Dept. shows T.J. Darrisaw. T.J. Darrisaw a 12-year-old …
SUMTER, S.C. – 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.
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.
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Do the words... ID your targets POSITIVELY ID your target before shooting mean anything to this moron??
I can hardly think a past drug-dealer suffering from post-traumatic stress when he should know that his lifestyle is going to up the odds of his *** getting shot at. Fact that there was $7500.00 cash for which he had NO explanation for says (to me) that prison didn't do a damn thing to reform him.
I HOPE, I HOPE he gets the death penalty!! Pure and simple. Prison didn't reform him before so what makes anyone think that doing time again for killing a CHILD is going to reform him this time around... IF he ever gets out.
Heart goes out to the mother who was probably having a good time watching her boy out on what was SUPPOSED to be a safe outing. How would she explain it to the little child that was with her that her brother/cousin?? Isn't going to play with her anymore? He looks like he was a pretty smart kid that would've had a LOT of potential... at least a hellva lot more than the bastard that shot him.