Steven Justin Ayers: Florida father killed by stray bullet while celebrating newborn's homecoming

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Officials in Panama City say a new father is dead after a neighbor accidently 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 accidently 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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