Father commits suicide after 2-year-old son finds gun, shoots self
By Jennifer Cruz
After 2-year-old Kyree Myers (left) mortally wounded himself with a gun he found inside his home, his father, Keon Myers (right), took his own life. (Photo: Facebook)
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 himself.
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