12-year-old boy shot while trick-or-treating
A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed while trick-or-treating Friday in Sumter, S.C., by a man who thought the boy was a robber.
According to the BBC, Quentin Patrick was â€œcharged with murder, assault and battery with intent to killâ€?. Patrick stated that he had been robbed and shot before. Upon hearing a knock at the front door, he shot 29 rounds from an AK-47 through his closed front door.
The boy, TJ Darrisaw, had been trick-or-treating with his family. His father and brother had also come to Patrickâ€™s door and both were injured in the gunfire.
The State, a South Carolina newspaper, had extensive coverage of the tragedy. The article in the State gave more details as to the incident itself, as well as background information on the victim and his family.
According to the State, Patrick had attempted to leave the scene with his girlfriend, Ericka Patrice Pee. â€œThey were home with her 2-year-old daughter and tried to leave the house after the shootings, after grabbing $7,500 in bundled cash, police said.â€?
The BBC article referred to the victim as TJ, though The State released the name Tony. The State was much more comprehensive in its reporting of the event, which is understandable considering the impact the story would have on the local community.