Quentin Patrick is a convicted felon, with several past drug convictions. Now he is facing a murder charge, along with two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.
The girlfriend of Quentin Patrick, Ericka Patrice Pee, 19, faces charges of obstruction of justice after she tried to leave the home following the shooting with a 2-year-old child and $7,500 in cash.
According to the police, Quentin Patrick (perhaps in a drug-induced state, though it is unclear) feared a robbery, and as 12-year-old Tony "T.J." Darrisaw and his 9-year-old brother Ahmadre and father Freddie Grinnell walked up to the porch, shot 30 times through the door with an AK-47 assault rifle.
T.J. died later at a hospital, while his father and brother suffered non-life-threatening wounds. Horrifyingly, his mother had been waiting in a car for the trick-or-treaters.
Besides the question of how a convicted felon like Quentin Patrick would be able to get a gun period, there's also the question of how he managed to get his hands on an assault rifle.
Sumter, SC is a city of about 40,000 people 45 miles east of Columbia. In the aftermath, neighbors of Quentin Patrick expressed their shock.
Vivian Johnson, 81, said Saturday:
"I just hate it that that little kid got killed. It used to be the quietest place. I knew everybody and everybody knew me."
Joseph T. McElveen, mayor of Sumter, SC said:
"Most times you can find an explanation no matter how strange or twisted it is. Right now we have no explanation. Sumter's certainly not a violent town but we're not isolated to having tragedies like this happen. It doesn't make it any better."
And here's a quote that brings to mind just how Halloween has changed. After all, kids used to be able to go trick-or-treating without their parents. Now, even with their parents, with people like Quentin Patrick around, is that even possible?
County Councilman Charles Edens lives just a few blocks away from where the shooting happened:
"It's going to put a dampening on Halloween. I would think twice about going to a door that we don't know who lives behind."