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Rigged shotgun wounds Harlem man

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 12:37 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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Authorities are looking for the person they say rigged a man’s shotgun to shoot him when he opened the door to his house Sunday.

Keith Eric Lyons, 43, of Harlem, called 911 just before 8 p.m. after being shot in the head by his own gun in what appears to be a booby trap.

Lyons, who had been out of the state for a week, opened the back door to his South Hicks Street home and was shot by his 20-gauge shotgun.

It had been mounted on the kitchen counter, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

“He came home and opened the back door and the gun went off,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Director David Sward said. “Luckily, he got a superficial wound to the left side of his head. The rest of the rounds went over his head into the wood.”

Lyons went outside and called 911. Officers found him in the front yard.

Authorities also found the shotgun just inside the back door, mounted on the countertop. A string was attached to the trigger and to the back door.

“It was deliberately done, but not by the homeowner,” Sward said.

There were no signs of forced entry, burglary or theft, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Lyons’ wife, who also was out of town, returned about 30 minutes after the incident and took her husband to a hospital. He was treated and released, Morris said.

No arrests have been made.

Lyons said in a Facebook message that he did not want to comment on the incident for safety reasons. He said he was not “hiding out” to protect his family.


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