Dad charged after toddler shoots mum dead during Zoom call

·News Reporter
·1-min read

A man has been arrested after a toddler accidentally shot and killed his mother, who was on a Zoom call at the time.

Shamaya Lynn, 21, from the US state of Florida, was on a work-related video call on August 11when a coworker noticed she “appeared to be in need of help”, police said.

“They saw a toddler in the background and heard a noise just before M. Lynn fell backward and never returned to the call,” police said.

Veondre Avery is pictured.
Veondre Avery has been arrested after a toddler shot his mum while on a Zoom call. It's alleged Avery owns the gun. Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Officers found her with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

“Investigators determined that the injury was caused by a toddler who found a loaded handgun, which was left unsecured by an adult in the apartment,” police said.

On Monday, police said they found the owner of the gun and arrested Veondre Avery, 22. Avery is believed to be the boy's father. Avery was in a relationship with Ms Lynn.

Police found evidence the firearm had been left loaded and unsecured in a “Paw Patrol” backpack on the floor of the couple’s bedroom, the State Attorney's Office for Brevard and Seminole said in a statement.

Avery has been charged with Negligent Manslaughter and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm.

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