Posted Nov. 3, 2008 – A 12-year-old Sumter, Ga., boy was shot dead and two other people injured as they went trick-or-treating Friday night.
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Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson says that 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw was killed and his step-father, Freddie Grinnell, and 9-year-old brother Ahmadre Darrisaw were seriously injured when their family of six left a city-sponsored event to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhood.
The three children and father approached a house where the porch light was on while their mother and infant child waited in a nearby vehicle due to the cold weather, the chief said. As the father and three sons approached the porch, the mother heard what she believed were firecrackers. It was actually gunfire that rang out from inside the home, penetrated the floor, walls and windows of the home and struck 12-year-old T.J. Darrisaw multiple times.
The 12-year-old boy, his father and brother all were hit by the gunfire, which has been determined as being from an AK-47 assault rifle, and T.J. died at Tuomey Regional Medical Center a short time later. Grinnell and Ahmadre Darrisaw were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting suspect, 22-year-old Quentin Patrick, is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill. Law enforcement officials say that Patterson has admitted to firing the AK-47 through his front door after hearing people at the front door and observing them wearing masks. Watch the video for more on this story.