Toddler shoots mother during Zoom call, father charged 2 months later

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — The father of the toddler who shot and killed his mother during a Zoom call is now facing charges, two months after the deadly shooting.

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Veondre Avery is facing charges of negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm, WFTV reported.

A coworker of Shamaya Lynn alerted 911 of the shooting, telling emergency responders that Lynn was in need of help. The caller said she saw the toddler in the background of the Zoom call, heard a sound, then Lynn fell backward. Lynn never returned to the video call.

“I don’t know where to begin,” the co-worker had told 911, according to The Washington Post. “One of the girls passed out. ... She has the camera on. Her baby is crying in the back.”

She then told operators, “We heard a loud kabloom and then she leaned back and we just saw blood from her face,” the Post reported.

Avery also called 911 asking for first responders to hurry while he tried to help Lynn, The Associated Press reported.

“I literally just got home and I come in the room... (and) my girlfriend who was working on the computer, she’s just laid back and there’s blood everywhere,” Avery said during the 911 call, according to the AP.

>>Previous coverage: Florida toddler fatally shoots woman during Zoom call, police say

When officers arrived at the home, Lynn was found with a gunshot wound to the head, WFTV reported.

Investigators said the toddler found an unsecured gun and shot Lynn.

The AP reported that the gun had been in the child’s “Paw Patrol” backpack.

The backpack was in the couple’s bedroom, investigators said, according to the Post.

Another child was at the home at the time of the shooting, the AP reported.





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