PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A newborn infant’s homecoming was shattered by unpredictable tragedy when a neighbor accidentally fired a gun into the family’s home and killed the child’s father.
Steven Justin Ayers’ son had been born on Father’s Day.
As the News Herald of Panama City reports, Ayers’ family had come together on Tuesday to celebrate the 3-day-old child’s homecoming.
The 33-year-old man was struck in the back of the head by a stray bullet. He died at the scene.
Arrest reports state that Ayers’ neighbor, 62-year-old Charles Edward Shisler, had been on his porch, where he picked up a loaded 9mm pistol.
Shisler admitted to authorities that he accidentally discharged the pistol. He was arrested and charged with manslaughter, and with posession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot,” Shisler allegedly told officers. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”
The neighbor had a previous felony conviction for carrying a concealed firearm.
Ayers was a musician who taught guitar lessons and played at venues throughout the Panhandle.
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