Dad Killed by Stray Bullet at Welcome Home Celebration for His New Baby

Steven AyersThis is so incredibly tragic. A father in Panama City, Florida, was killed in his own home this week when he was hit by a stray bullet. But it gets worse. Steven Justin Ayers, 33, and his family were celebrating the arrival and homecoming of his new baby, who just happened to be born on Father's Day.

A birth, a death, and a cruel reminder about the dangers of guns. How did this happen?


The family had just come home with their 3-day-old baby when Ayers was struck with a 9-mm bullet, a bullet that had come from his neighbor's gun. His neighbor is reportedly a convicted felon and was drunk at the time. According to reports, the bullet "traveled through the neighbor's screen window, through woods, and through the sliding glass door of the Ayer's home."

When the police arrested the neighbor -- 62-year-old Charles Edward Shisler -- he was "extremely belligerent" and did not cooperate with the police. Although he did claim the gun accidentally went off when he picked it up by the trigger, he is facing charges of manslaughter and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This story is so incredibly sad. Due to one man being irresponsible and careless, another man not only lost his life, but his child will grow up without a father. Gun ownership is serious business. If someone opts to have a firearm in their home, they need to keep their gun safe, they need to keep their gun out of reach of children, and they need to not accidentally shoot and kill their neighbors.

Do you think in a case like this, the neighbor should do time?

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