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  • 19 June 2014, 14:04

Neighbour Kills New Dad With Stray Bullet

A new father celebrating the homecoming of his baby boy was hit in the head and killed by a stray bullet fired by a neighbour some 60 metres (200ft) away, Florida police say.

Steven Justin Ayers and his wife had gathered relatives at their home in Panama City to celebrate the birth of their son.

Mr Ayres, 33, had just welcomed home the three-day-old baby when he was struck in the back of the head and died on the spot, the News Herald newspaper reported.

Police arrested his neighbour, Charles Edward Shisler, whose gun had apparently discharged accidentally.

The bullet is believed to have travelled some 200ft (60m) from Shisler's window to Mr Ayers' apartment.

Shisler reportedly told the investigating officer that it was an accident.

"The damn gun doesn't usually shoot."

Mr Ayers was a musician and guitar teacher. He performed with his wife Jessica in band called The Ayers, the News Herald said.

The child was the couple's first.

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