By Valerie Rowell
Authorities are looking for the person they say rigged a man’s shotgun to shoot him when he came home 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 wrote in a Facebook message to Staff Writer Valerie Rowell that he didn't want to comment on the incident for safety reasons. He denied "hiding out" to protect his family.
Lyons, who was out of 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 to the kitchen counter top, 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. Responding officers found him in the front yard with a head wound.
Authorities also found the shotgun, just inside the back door, mounted on the counter top. 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 office Capt. Steve Morris.
Lyons’ wife, who also was out of town, returned about 30 minutes after the incident and took her husband to a local hospital. He was treated and released, Morris said.
No arrests have been made.