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Florida father arrested after toddler fatally shot mom during Zoom call

A Florida man was arrested Tuesday in the shooting death of a woman who was on a Zoom call when her 2-year-old fired a gun, officials said.

The man, Veondre Avery, 22 faces charges of manslaughter and failure to securely store a firearm in the killing of Shamaya Lynn, 21.

The toddler found the gun, which went off while Lynn was on a Zoom call with co-workers, in the couple’s home in Altamonte Springs, officials said.




Another person on the call phoned 911 and reported having heard a noise before Lynn suddenly fell backward. When police arrived, they found Avery performing CPR on Lynn, prosecutors said.

Avery was arrested on Tuesday.

Neither of the two children who were at the home at the time were injured, police said.



“I know it’s tragic, I know it may not have been something that that person wanted to do, but now you have consequences,” Altamonte Springs Police Officer Rob Ruiz said.

The state attorney’s office said a police investigation determined that the gun was in a “Paw Patrol” backpack in the couple’s bedroom.

A single shot was fired, and “forensic evidence clearly established that the child possessed and independently fired the weapon,” the prosecutor’s office said. Lynn was shot in the head.

Ruiz said gun owners have a responsibility to secure their firearms. Police have urged gun owners to keep their weapons locked.