This is one of the most insane things I’ve heard for a while:
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.
Makes it sound like just some guy that wigged out, no? Well, a little farther down:
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…
Patrick had multiple drug convictions but police do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the shooting.
$7500 in cash? Maybe he was moonlighting as a drug dealer? Perhaps had reason to think someone was after him? Why would a drug dealer think someone might be after them? Well, mostly because they’re a drug dealer, I guess.
Just speculation, of course. But I’m predicting this isn’t some normal, everyday, upstanding, law-abiding citizen that “just snapped.”