Father commits suicide after 2-year-old
Father commits suicide after 2-year-old son finds gun,
A South Carolina father took his own life after discovering
that his 2-year-old son found a gun and accidentally shot himself inside the
family’s Columbia home Wednesday morning.
The Columbia Police Department identified the
deceased father as 38-year-old Keon Myers and the child as Kyree Myers.
Autopsies confirmed that each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Just after 11 a.m., authorities received a 911 call from the
child’s mother, who said Kyree got a hold of a handgun and accidentally shot
himself. When police arrived on the scene, they found the child, as well as an
emotionally distraught Keon Myers holding a handgun and threatening to harm
Despite authorities repeatedly urging Myers to put down the
weapon, he instead chose to take his own life. Myers and the child were rushed
to the hospital, but both succumbed to their injuries, according to a press
release from the police department.
The police department confirmed the child’s mother was home
at the time of the shooting, but did not say if Myers was also home or if he
showed up after the child accidentally shot himself.
Authorities did not say who owned the gun or where in the
home the child found it. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun
Violence, “South Carolina has no law requiring firearm owners to prevent
children from gaining access to firearms.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives are working alongside the Columbia Police Department to
determine the gun’s origin and ownership information.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook called the double
shooting a “tremendous loss of life” and said their hearts are heavy. Holbrook
confirmed victim advocates are working with the family, but also noted the
incident was “emotionally trying for responding officers.”
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