Investigation continues in Knox shooting death

Tyler Seaney, 19, was shot and killed in the upstairs apartment of this home on the Dolloff Road in Knox, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 19. Seaney evidently was visiting a friend when the gun discharged in the friend's hands and shot the Belfast Area High School graduate, who died a short time later, police have said. More details were not released on Monday.
Tyler Seaney, 19, was shot and killed in the upstairs apartment of this home on the Dolloff Road in Knox, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 19. Seaney evidently was visiting a friend when the gun discharged in the friend's hands and shot the Belfast Area High School graduate, who died a short time later, police have said. More details were not released on Monday.
Posted Feb. 21, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2011, at 10:06 p.m.
Tyler Seaney, 19, of Bangor.
Tyler Seaney, 19, of Bangor.

KNOX, Maine — No one answered the door Monday at the apartment where Tyler Seaney died over the weekend of a gunshot wound.

Seaney had been visiting a friend Saturday evening in the rambling white house on Dolloff Road, in the upstairs apartment with an American flag hanging in the window, when the gun went off and he was killed, police said last weekend.

Detectives from the Maine State Police Criminal Investigation Division are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Seaney’s death and have not come to any conclusions, including whether it was accidental, police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday.

No one has been charged, he said.

Kathy Kendall, who lives in the apartment directly downstairs from where the shooting occurred, said she wasn’t home at the time of the shooting but that her husband and two children were.

“They heard what sounded like a loud drop,” she said.

The upstairs apartment is rented by a young man roughly the same age as Seaney, according to McCausland. He has not yet been identified by authorities, and Kendall also declined to name him.

The tenant would have friends over but not loud parties, Kendall said, adding that she wasn’t sure whether he was a hunter and did not know whether he had guns in his home.

“I think it was accidental,” she said of the shooting. “I don’t think it was premeditated.”

Kendall seemed shaken that it had occurred so close to her home.

“Guns by themselves are just guns,” she said. “But when you put guns and ammo and people together, it can be a dangerous situation.”

According to the obituary Seaney’s family sent to the Bangor Daily News, the youth lived in both Belfast and Glenburn and had graduated from Belfast High School.Seaney had joined the U.S. Army and was waiting to leave for boot camp. He was looking forward to serving his country with “great pride and anticipation,” according to the obituary.

Seaney had been working at Walmart in Bangor. He was described as having an “infectious smile” and enjoyed music, cooking, hanging out with friends and making people laugh. His Facebook page said his interests included skateboarding, snowboarding, acting and stand-up comedy.

Efforts to reach family members Monday were unsuccessful.

The state medical examiner’s office began an autopsy Monday, but an official said no results were being released yet.

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