New Father Shot, Killed During Infant's Homecoming

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    David Sutherland

    Officials in Panama City say a new father is dead after a neighbor accidentally fired a gun into the family's home during a gathering to celebrate the infant's homecoming.
     
    The News Herald of Panama City reports that 33-year-old Steven Justin Ayers died Tuesday night after the stray bullet struck his head.

      According to arrest reports, Ayers' neighbor was on his porch and picked up a loaded 9mm pistol. The neighbor told authorities that he accidentally discharged the pistol. The man was arrested and charged with manslaughter and with being felon in possession of a firearm. He had a previous felony conviction for carrying a concealed firearm.
     
    Ayers was a musician who played venues throughout the Panhandle. He also taught guitar lessons.

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