Eight-year-old killed by man firing at passing vehicles in South Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA, United States - An eight-year-old boy is dead after he was shot by a man randomly firing shots at cars driving by his home.

According to the Miami Herald, a South Carolina sheriff confirmed that the child, a third-grade student from New Hampshire, was on vacation with his family in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend when the incident occurred.

The child’s father, who was driving the car, was also struck by a bullet which pierced his leg. The Miami Herald said the man and his son were transported to a local hospital where the boy identified as Quarius Naqua Dunham died.

A man, 40-year-old Charles Montgomery Allen, was arrested after a brief standoff at his home. He was charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and four counts of discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

Investigators say Allen was firing random rounds at passing vehicles with no apparent motive.

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