ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA – The dad of a toddler who found a handgun in his “Paw Patrol” backpack has been charged after the boy shot and killed his mother while she was on a Zoom call for work.
The father, Veondre Avery, 22, is charged with negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm.
On Monday, a participant of the Zoom call dialed 911 when one of the others joining, Shamaya Lynn, appeared to be in need of help. The witness said that during the work-related call, they saw a toddler in the background and heard a loud noise just before Lynn fell backward and never returned to the call.
According to the AP, 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.’
Police say officers and paramedics ‘did their best’ in rendering aid to Lynn, but she had a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
“I literally just got home and I come in the room…my girlfriend who was working on the computer, she’s just laid back and there’s blood everywhere,” Avery told the 911 dispatcher.