Boy, 12, fatally shot while trick or treating

October 31, 2008 10:12:04 PM PDT
Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has been shot and killed while trick-or-treating in central South Carolina. Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson says the boy was trick-or-treating with his family Friday at about 8:30 p.m. EDT when they approached a home and thought they heard fireworks. Patterson says a man fired from inside the home, killing the boy.

The boy's father and brother were wounded by the gunfire. They have been taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooting suspect has been taken into custody. Patterson has not released the man's name or the identity of the family.

The police chief says she is in disbelief and does not know why the shooting occurred.

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