Artavious Quarterman Biography, Artavious Quarterman Wiki
Artavious Quarterman died Friday at the hospital from his injuries, police said in a news release.
Connor Michael Lewis 16-year-old Sanford boy now faces homicide charges after a man he’s accused of shooting Quarterman in the head, while talking to a 911 dispatcher, died at a hospital, according to police.
“The individuals outside can be heard calling Lewis names, to which Lewis responds ‘okay,’” before a single gunshot rings out, police said, striking Artavious Quarterman, 18, in the head.
“In the course of this interaction, one round from a gun was fired from the inside of the home, through the window on the front door, striking Artavious Quarterman in the head,” a police news release said.
Quarterman had accompanied the mother of Lewis’ girlfriend to the home to pick up her belongings, police said.
He was taken to a hospital where he remained in critical condition until he died Friday. Lewis was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree homicide and shooting into or throwing deadly missiles within a dwelling before the charges were upgraded.
According to police, Lewis called 911 just after 8 p.m., saying that several girls were banging on the front door of his house. Police said Lewis is heard saying throughout the call, “Oh, you’re so scary. You’re so scary.”
Lewis told the dispatcher that he and his girlfriend got into an argument and he told her to get out of the house, according to police. He said that his girlfriend’s family then came to his house and were banging on the door and window, records show.
Sanford police said the group was heard on the call calling Lewis names, and then a gunshot was fired.
Quarterman, who had accompanied the mother of Lewis’ girlfriend to the home, was struck in the head, police said. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.
Sanford police said the group went to the home pick up Lewis’ girlfriend and her belongings.
“The fact that a young man’s life is now at risk is senseless,” Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said. “Sanford police officers were minutes away from the home, and I believe would have been able to separate and de-escalate the situation in a matter of moments.”
Lewis faces charges of second-degree homicide and shooting into a dwelling.
“The family and friends of Lewis’s girlfriend were knocking on the doors and windows of the house in an attempt to retrieve the remainder of the girlfriend’s possessions that were inside the home,” police said.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith called the shooting “senseless.”
“Sanford Police officers were minutes away from the home, and I believe would have been able to separate and deescalate the situation in a matter of moments,” he said. “When you shoot a firearm, you must understand that the consequences of that can be deadly in any situation.”