According to the New York Daily News, Canty, whom neighbors describe as “quiet,” ran after his children when they bolted out of their home after witnessing the alleged shooting. They ran down the street and into a nearby store yelling “Daddy shot mommy!”
Neighbor Daniel Farrell told the New York Daily News that he had smelled liquor on Canty’s breath various times in the past. Farrell also told the Daily News that Mera had recently banged on the door of their home saying that Canty had been drinking excessively and threatening to kill her. Another unnamed neighbor told the paper that Canty and Mera argued excessively but they refused to interfere, stating, “We tried to block it out, because it’s a common thing.”
If convicted of the shooting, Canty faces 25 years to life in prison.