22-year-old Quentin Patrick of Sumter, South Carolina, has been charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill after opening fire on a 12-year-old boy and his family while they were trick-or-treating.
The family was heading home from a city sponsored event downtown and decided to stop at a few homes along the way to trick-or-treat.
The father and his four children approached a home with the porch light on around 8:30 p.m. while their mother waited in the car. While standing at the door the family thought they heard fireworks.
The 12-year-old boy, his father, and one of his brothers were hit by gunfire from inside the house. The boy died at the hospital, while his father and brother were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting suspect, Quentin Patrick, is in police custody. Although there were other people inside the home at the time of the shooting, Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said she didn’t expect any of them to be charged.
“The investigation is continuing into what has been a very tragic evening,” Patterson said. “Our sorrow and sympathy goes out to this family.”
Authorities have not released the identities of the family.
No further details about the shooting are available at this time.