A new father was shot and killed Tuesday night by what officials believewas an accidental shooting by a neighbor.
Steven Justin Ayers, 33, and his wife, Jessica Ayers, were celebrating the homecoming of their 3-day-old baby with family members in their home in Panama City, Florida, The News Herald reports. Around 6 p.m., a bullet hit Ayers in the back of the head. He died on the spot.
Deputies believe the bullet came from a handgun fired by 62-year-old Charles Edward Shislerr whose home is directly behind Ayers', according to the Jackson County Floridian.
Shisler allegedly told deputies that he fired the gun accidentally while trying to pick it up by the trigger.
“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot," he said, according to an arrest report obtained by The News-Herald. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”
A fascinating case, which prompts several questions. One, what happened to his face? Two, who picks a gun up by the trigger? How can you even do that? And three, was carrying a concealed weapon without a license a felony?
Of course, the other question which applies to all the cases in which a prohibited person misbehaves with a gun is, where did he get it? Who was the last lawful owner of that particular gun and how did he lose possession of it?