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Killed on Zoom: Dad held after toddler finds gun, shoots mom

ABC News
ABC News
 2 days ago

Police in central Florida have arrested the father of a toddler who found a loaded handgun in his “Paw Patrol" backpack and fatally shot his mother while she was on a Zoom call for work.

Veondre Avery, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm, Altamonte Springs police said.

Investigators said the 2-year-old found the gun in the backpack on Aug. 11 and fired a single shot that hit his mother, Shamaya Lynn, in the head.

A woman who also was on the Zoom call dialed 911, reporting that she heard a noise and saw Lynn fall. The co-worker didn't know how old Lynn was or where she lived, but meanwhile Avery also called 911, begging responders to hurry as he tried to help Lynn.

“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 on the 911 call.

He told the dispatcher that Lynn wasn’t breathing, and he could not feel her heartbeat. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said another child also was in the home during the shooting.

The Seminole County State Attorney's Office said Avery is being held without bond. Records did not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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2d ago

Great parenting, first of all a two-year-old grabbing a gun is she even strong enough to hold it up and pull the trigger second of all why was it in a backpack

Natasha Abeyta
2d ago

such a tragic story.. doesn't matter who you blame or who you don't blame the fact of the matter is a innocent life was taken and this child will forever feel the burden that it was their fault

Hollie Potter
2d ago

I hope they tested his hands for gun powder because that sounds like a pretty good cover up! a 2 year old had that kind of aim to shoot her in the back of the head? 🤔 just doesn't add up. and why would a gun be in a paw patrol bookbag around a 2 year old who loves paw patrol? he either wanted that to happen of did it himself! may she get some justice!


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