MANCHESTER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – A father who police say shot his son inside the YWCA on Concord Street in Manchester, N.H. Sunday morning was not searched prior to a supervised visit.
An official with the New Hampshire attorney general's office tells the Union Leader that while visitors to the YWCA may be subject to a metal detector search, 54-year-old Muni Sayvon, of Manchester, N.H., was not searched prior to the visit.
Police officers and a tactical team responded to 72 Concord St. at about 10:11 a.m. Sunday after a caller reported shots had been fired.
When officers arrived, they discovered two bodies inside a second floor room that is part of a supervised visitation center within the YWCA.
The child has been identified as 9-year-old Joshua Sayvon, of Amherst, N.H.
An investigation revealed that Muni Sayvon arrived at the YWCA at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a supervised visit with his son. A male counselor was also in the room during the one-hour visitation.
Partway through the visitation, Muni Sayvon took out a gun and shot his son several times, killing him. He then turned the gun on himself, police said.
The counselor managed to escape the room unharmed.
While the investigation is still in its early stages, detectives determined Muni Sayvon had been separated from his son's mother for several years and had threatened to kill himself, his son's mother, and his son.
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence released a statement Monday regarding the shooting. They call the death a "painful reminder of the devastating toll that family violence is taking in our communities." The coalition extended their condolences to the family of 9-year-old Joshua Sayvon and the YWCA staff.
The YWCA remained closed Monday. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the Manchester Police Department are investigating.
Full statement from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence:
The tragic events that occurred at the YWCA of New Hampshire this weekend are a painful reminder of the devastating toll that family violence is taking in our communities.
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the day's events, particularly the family of 9 year old Joshua Sayvon. Our thoughts are also with the members of the YWCA staff that work tirelessly to provide support to families in need. They are a critical resource in this community and we encourage everyone to continue to provide them with support.
This was a senseless act, but sadly one in which we've seen before. It is devastating that such a heinous crime was committed here in New Hampshire. In the wake of this tragedy the Coalition will continue to work with law enforcement and the court system to find ways to prioritize the safety of our children.
Although the YWCA will be closed on Monday the other member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence are available to provide service. Anyone in need of assistance should call the appropriate hotline below. Confidential services are available 24 hours a day.
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