Man jailed in death of trick-or-treater

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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 Mr. 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.

Mr. 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," Chief Patterson said Saturday at a news conference.

She said T.J. 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," Chief Patterson said.

Mr. 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. Chief Patterson did not give an explanation for the money.

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

Chief Patterson said police do not believe Mr. Patrick was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Authorities did not know whether he or Ms. Pee had attorneys. Both are being held without bond.

A man who identified himself as Mr. Patrick's brother but declined to give his name said in a call to The Associated Press that he believed Mr. 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."

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/02/08 - 07:28 am
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What a horrible tragedy could

What a horrible tragedy could happen to anyone that knocks on any door anywhere....I guess. If there's a psycho behind the door with a loaded AK. This is in no way an accident and in no way was a matter of "protecting his family". This is straight out murder! No amount of restitution or punishment will ever mend the damage done to the family of the young boy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/08 - 08:22 am
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Yes, the death of the boy is

Yes, the death of the boy is tragic, but I don’t think this man is guilty of murder. Remember the Louisiana case a few years back when a similar shooting death on Halloween occurred? The man was found not guilty. Something is not right about this story. A family from Columbia stops in Sumter when they see a house with a light on? The adult man accompanies his 12 year old and the other kids to the door? It sounds like this was not in an upscale area where it happened. Plus, you have to consider the mindset of the man in the house. There apparently had not been other trick or treaters around there. He had been robbed and shot a few months earlier in the same house according to accounts that the police confirmed. I want to hear the results of a total investigation including the background of the man who went to the door.

amazed1
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amazed1 11/02/08 - 08:28 am
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What was an ex convict doing

What was an ex convict doing with an assault rifle to begin with? A girl friend with $7500 in cash running out the back and leaving her baby behind$ There's alot more to this story.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/08 - 09:02 am
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Amazed, I don't deny that one

Amazed, I don't deny that one bit. I bet he is into selling drugs or something as are many others around that area probably. But just imagine out of towners stopping at a house in that area to go trick or treating. Like I said, let's see how this investigation plays out including the background of the man who took the boys to the door. Keep in mind the Louisianna case where the man killed the kid before it was even dark on Halloween. He was found not guilty. A tragic situation, however, obviously.

DoubleD
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DoubleD 11/02/08 - 09:08 am
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I like how they try to make

I like how they try to make him sound even more crazy by saying he "sprayed" rounds from his "Assault Rifle." There aint a darn thing about an assault rifle that is different from any other semi-automatic rifle of the same calibur. Other than the scary tactical look and higher capacity magazines. This guy was crazy and no more crazy than if he was shooting a 30-30.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 11/02/08 - 11:38 am
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Riverman, it doesn't say

Riverman, it doesn't say anywhere in the article where the family is from, only that Sumter is 45 miles from Columbia, a common reference in news articles.

dale88fan
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dale88fan 11/02/08 - 12:13 pm
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it doesnt matter a bit why

it doesnt matter a bit why the man went to the door. He killed an innocent child- PERIOD! They need to fry that bastard!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/08 - 12:39 pm
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KK, you're right. I see what

KK, you're right. I see what you mean; they were not from Columbia. However, as much of a dirtbag as the shooter may have been, he had no malice aforethought which is necessary for a murder charge. He thought his life was in danger from masked people at HIS door. He had been robbed before according to police reports. The man in Louisianna who was found not guilty was in his garage in the daylight when a teen in costume walked to the back trying to find a Halloween party.

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mable8 11/02/08 - 01:37 pm
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Why does any citizen need an

Why does any citizen need an assault rifle? The home owner had no right to "shoot first and ask questions later," especially on a traditional and well-advertised celebration that children are involved in. Leaving the porch light on is a well-known signal that the little ones can expect a treat--not death and mayhem. I don't believe the man is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder either. Condolences to the child's family; to the home owner, you are lower than a pinhead.

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GnipGnop 11/02/08 - 02:21 pm
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Well I don't know about SC

Well I don't know about SC but in Georgia if a person dies while you are committing a felony you can be charged with murder. Maybe that's the law in SC and hence the charge. A convicted felon in possession of a firearm is a felony. The death of the child, whether intentional or not, would constitute a murder charge. Also, what kind of idiot just shoots through a door not even knowing who is on the other side. I understand he had been robbed before but what if it was a neighbor coming to borrow a cup of sugar? This was a stupid act on his part and he should be held accountable.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 11/02/08 - 02:21 pm
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Too bad that this high

Too bad that this high profile killing did not involve a thief. Thief's need to be killed so that the word will get around to other would be thrives. I am so sorry for these families.

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edwardc 11/02/08 - 02:27 pm
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In these crazy times, it's

In these crazy times, it's best not to trick-or-treat anywhere except in your own neighborhood where you know the people you are visiting. Never knock on a stranger's door, except in a dire emergency.

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kat30815 11/02/08 - 05:17 pm
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Im sure in the handbook of

Im sure in the handbook of robbery, ringing the doorbell is not a part of the process of robbing somebody. I would like to believe that a person of short stature, at anybodys door, on Halloween night, would fit the profile of a trick-or-treater. I agree an AK-47 is an excessive weapon to keep in your house unless your neighborhood is prone to drive by's. Its likely Mr. Patrick was excessively paranoid from drug use too. Either way Quentin Patrick is a FAILURE of a human being.

As It Is
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As It Is 11/02/08 - 07:08 pm
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riverman1 are you kidding me?

riverman1 are you kidding me? Really? You can't possibly be that nieve? When someone knocks on your door and you reply by shooting 30 rounds from a loaded AK47 resulting in the death of the person on the other side of the door, you certainly have committed the act of murder. He should be tried, convicted and executed in a timely fashion. We don't even need to discuss that he was an ex-convict in a failed judicial system. The system is failing the victims by not taking swift, prompt and severe action against those who commit crimes against others. Any Violent criminal should loose their right to be a part of our society and if they committ the act of murder they should be removed from our society for good within a very short time period.

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augusta49 11/02/08 - 07:32 pm
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The boy and his family were

The boy and his family were from Sumter AND the man that shot the boy is from Sumter. After a tragedy like this.....WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM????????????? If you want to know so bad, then investigate it before accusing. Pull up thestate.com and read the article. GEEZ!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/08 - 09:07 pm
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As It Is, yes, I realize it

As It Is, yes, I realize it is an emotional issue. Keep in mind we do not know they simply knocked on the door. Read about the Louisianna case and realize wihat malice aforethought, a necessary ingredient of a murder charge, is. Again, a tragic event. By the way, I saw a picture from online of the man's house and it was in a crime ridden neighborhood. The father picked this house to trick or treat? The home owner had been robbed and shot less than a year previously and had good reason to believe he was being robbbed again. I totally understand the anger when I point out these facts, but all of us have to think about this.

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DoubleD 11/02/08 - 09:11 pm
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as it is, how would you shoot

as it is, how would you shoot 30 rounds from an unloaded AK? OF COURSE IT WAS LOADED!

As It Is
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As It Is 11/03/08 - 12:47 am
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Of course it is emotional but

Of course it is emotional but that has nothing to do with the case. I would place my bets on the law enforcement officers and DA's office who has charged this previously releasd felon with murder vs. mine or your opinion from the article. Who cares if he had been robbed or shot he was a convicted felon with loaded weapons and thousands of dollars in bundled cash who shot without so much as knowing whom he was shooting at and when he realized what he had done, he and his girlfriend chose to take guns and $7,500.00 in cash and run. He (if guilty) deserves a quick death compliments of the tax payers and no further money should be waisted on his incarceration. And DoubleD, there is a big difference in loading amunition in a weapon and firing off a warning shot vs. having an AK-47 PRE-LOADED with 30 rounds and shooting at will. If my discussion was above your intelect, I apoligize.

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