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Stray bullet kills new father at son's welcome home party

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:09 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

PANAMA CITY, Fla. >> A new father in Florida was killed by a stray bullet that traveled more than 200 feet from a neighbor's house and hit him in the back of the head.

Bay County Sheriff's officials were quoted by the The News Herald of Panama City as saying that 33-year-old Steven Justin Ayers was killed instantly during a family gathering he and his wife, Jessica, were having at their home to celebrate the birth of their 3-day-old son, born on Father's Day.

Police say Ayers' 62-year-old neighbor Charles Edward Shisler is accused of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say Shisler told them the 9 mm pistol accidentally discharged when he picked it up inside his home Tuesday night. The bullet traveled through Shisler's window and into the Ayers home.

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50skane wrote:
So senseless. The most precious time in you life when you bring your baby home just to be shot in the back of the head by some moro_ idi_t!
on June 20,2014 | 05:13PM
false wrote:
Shameful this paper's use of pop-up windows - selling cook books? UGH. it isn't annoying, it's infuriating. I know your publisher wants you to make money, but I am this close to canceling
on June 20,2014 | 05:29PM
false wrote:
Just quit the subscription because fed up with it. Not that lonely that need to blog. Certainly comments don't mean much.
on June 20,2014 | 09:42PM
Kealii wrote:
Yeah I cancelled my subscription some time ago because of SA's invasive ads. Pop-up ads, rolling ads, fading ads and constant screen refreshes move you back to the top of the page. Insane! You would think subscribers would be subjected to less or no ads but that's not the case. You still get them shoved right down your throat.
on June 21,2014 | 12:04AM
false wrote:
Shameful this paper's use of pop-up windows - selling cook books? UGH. it isn't annoying, it's infuriating. I know your publisher wants you to make money, but I am this close to canceling
on June 20,2014 | 05:29PM
SteveToo wrote:
"possession of a firearm by a felon" Note this all you liberals out there. This was Not Done by a Law Abiding Gun Owner.
on June 20,2014 | 06:30PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Does it really matter?
on June 20,2014 | 08:05PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Right, Steve guns don't kill people, felons do. Guns don't kill people,kids with guns do. Guns don't kill people, cops with guns do. AK 47 don't kill soldiers, terrorist with AK do. The thing is guns and people don't mix well, can't get rid of people, therefore guns gotta go.
on June 20,2014 | 08:40PM
mokebla wrote:
Felon with a gun
on June 21,2014 | 06:02AM
HIE wrote:
Felon that can easily purchase a gun through craigslist without a background check, because of lax gun laws.
on June 21,2014 | 11:19AM
mokebla wrote:
Yes it does lolo, you must be one of them liberals thats a party voter. Guns don't kill people, its people kills people. I guess the saying is right, you can't change or teach stup*d.
on June 21,2014 | 05:55AM
kainalu wrote:
This dude picked up his gun and it discharged. He wasn't aiming the gun at the person. This is a case where the gun alone killed the person - not the person. Responsible gun-ownership is non-partisan - nothing to do with "liberal".
on June 21,2014 | 08:52AM
krusha wrote:
Lots of felons live in Hawaii too. The difference is there's not many guns in this state compared to what you see on the mainland due to stricter gun laws here. It's pretty much simple math. The more guns out there, the more gun violence.
on June 21,2014 | 09:06AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Most accidental shootings are done by Law Abiding Gun Owners, though. Doesn't stop the Law Abiding Bullets from killing the innocent people they hit.
on June 21,2014 | 01:27AM
mokebla wrote:
Hanabata, you got that coming out of you eyes and brains? Its a felon was a gun, stup d is is stup d does never change. Same as Lolo.
on June 21,2014 | 06:02AM
HD36 wrote:
Oh no, we must ban all guns in America. The government will keep you safe. Just rely on the government and they'll be no poverty, no drugs, no kid left behind, everyone can own a house, every kid go to college, and the VA will be the medical envy of the world.
on June 20,2014 | 08:21PM
pj737 wrote:
I agree. We don't want to set a precedent by telling people they can't own guns. Once they ban guns they'll ban grenades. Then they'll ban missiles. Then nuclear bombs. We're going down a slippery slopes folks. Save our nuclear bombs!
on June 20,2014 | 11:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Although the intention of the second amendment was to arm citizen against a tyrannical government. The Constitution also makes clear that the primary purpose of the Federal Government is to provide national security of our borders. While citizens can still buy guns, I'm not aware of nuclear missiles for sale to the average citizen.
on June 21,2014 | 06:54AM
HIE wrote:
Actually, the intention of the second amendment was to secure a "well regulated militia" in lieu of the substantial standard military that England already had. It was to arm citizens of America against a foreign tyrannical government, not the American government.
on June 21,2014 | 11:17AM
false wrote:
Unspeakable tragedy. Hope some blessings come to this child. It's like the evil witch arrived in stories from Disney. The Disney fairy tales are true by this event.
on June 20,2014 | 09:44PM
HanabataDays wrote:
If he was in fact charged with manslaughter, that charge isn't likely to stick unless it does NOT require wrongful intent in FL. It's really more of a combo charge of negligent homicide and felon in possession of a firearm. I suspect the maximums are pretty similar for both -- he deserves the max, but no term of years can bring Daddy back. Senseless.
on June 21,2014 | 01:31AM
cojef wrote:
Another senseless death! It's a dangerous world we live in. Pray for good "karma", and live long.
on June 21,2014 | 07:40AM
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