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Madness

Posted by Brian on November 1, 2008

What a tragic story:

Police in South Carolina say a 12-year-old trick-or-treater was killed Friday when a convicted felon fearing a robbery fired nearly 30 rounds with an assault rifle from inside a house.

Sumter police Chief Patty Patterson says T.J. Darrisaw died after being shot several times. His father and nine-year-old brother were also shot, but were treated in hospital and released.

The suspected shooter, Quentin Patrick, was taken into custody, a jail official said. Patrick, 22, has been charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

The family was heading home from a city-sponsored Halloween event downtown when they decided to stop at a few homes, Patterson said.

The father and his four children approached a home with a porch light on about 8:30 p.m. ET while their mother waited nearby in a vehicle.

Why did this tragedy have to happen?:

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.

Family members of the shooter claim the man suffered from PTSD after being the victim of a robbery and shooting last year… but still… responding to a knock on the door on Halloween of all nights by emptying a clip from an AK-47? Give me a break! And why on earth would you assume a knock on the door is a robber anyway? Do burglars routinely knock before breaking and entering?

SO much stupidity and the end of a young life…

I hate guns and I hate the mentality that goes with them.

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One Response to “Madness”

  1. […] the fuck does anyone need an assault weapon? Brian posted this article on his blog about a tragic Halloween encounter between a trick-or-treating family and the business end of an […]

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