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Father arrested after toddler finds gun and kills mom during Zoom call at work

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) – Central Florida Police have arrested the father of a toddler who found a loaded handgun in his “Paw Patrol” backpack and shot dead his mother while she was on Zoom call for work.

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

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

A woman who was also on the Zoom call dialed 911, reporting that she heard a noise and saw Lynn fall.

The coworker didn’t know how old Lynn was or where she lived, but during this time Avery also called 911, begging the responders to hurry up as he tried to help Lynn.

“I literally just got home and come into the room… (and) my girlfriend who was working on the computer, she’s just laid back and there’s blood all over the place,” Avery said on the call. to 911.

He told the dispatcher that Lynn was not breathing and that he could not feel his heart beating. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The Seminole County State Attorney’s Office said Avery was being held without bail. The files did not list a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.