Crime & Courts

Suspect in Halloween child shooting indicted

The Sumter man accused of fatally shooting a 12-year-old trick-or-treater with an AK-47 assault rifle has been indicted on federal gun charges, federal court documents show.

Quentin L. Patrick, 22, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, says the indictment filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbia. He faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

“There may be additional charges presented to the grand jury, but that will depend on the results of an ongoing investigation,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said today.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is investigating the case with assistance from local authorities, McDonald said.

Patrick has already been charged by Sumter police with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

He’s accused of killing T.J. Darrisaw, who was shot 13 times.

Patrick also is accused of shooting Darrisaw’s younger brother, 9-year-old Ahmadre Darrisaw in the leg and side and father, 31-year-old Freddie Grinnell, Jr. in the arm and grazing him in the stomach.

Patrick opened fire after authorities say he saw masked people outside and feared he could be robbed or shot. - Lee Higgins,