Teenage boy from Florida accused of shooting a man in the head while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, promoted to murder after the victim’s death
Conor Michael Lewis, 16, of Sanford, was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 18-year-old Artavius Quarterman. Police said in a press release that a quarter of a man died in hospital of his wounds.
Lewis called 911 around 8 pm. To report that several women knocked on his door and window after a dispute between him and his girlfriend. He can be heard on the phone saying, “Oh, you’re so scary. You’re so scary.”
Police said the group was calling the name Lewis, and a gunshot was heard.
A police press release stated, “In the course of this interaction, a shot from a pistol was fired from inside the house, through the window on the front door, and hit Artavius Quarterman in the head.”
Police said Quarterman accompanied Lewis’ friend’s mother to the house to collect her belongings.
He was taken to hospital, where he remained in critical condition until his death. Lewis was originally arrested on suspicion of attempting second-degree murder and firing or throwing deadly rockets into a house before charges were raised.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said the fact that the young man’s life is in danger now is a pointless fact. “Sanford Police Officers were minutes away from home, and I think they could have separated and calmed down a matter of moments. When you shoot with a firearm, you must understand that the consequences of that can be fatal in any situation.”