A 21-year-old mother identified as Shamaya Lynn was reportedly accidentally shot during a Zoom meeting back in August.
The father of Lynn’s child has now been arrested for failing to keep the gun out of their toddler’s reach, according to reports. Here’s everything that you need to know.
What happened to Shamaya Lynn?
A mother was on a Zoom call back on August 11th when she was fatally shot after her two-year-old fired a gun, reports say.
Officials say that the toddler found the gun in Veondre Avery and Shamaya Lynn’s Altamonte Springs home.
Reportedly, the gun was in a “Paw Patrol” backpack in the couple’s bedroom.
Veondre Avery arrested
In latest news, the father of the two-year-old, Veondre Avery, was reportedly arrested on Tuesday (October 12th) and remained in custody on the same evening.
A trial date has not yet been set, according to reports.
Altamonte Springs Police Officer Rob Ruiz shared: “I know it’s tragic, I know it may not have been something that that person wanted to do, but now you have consequences.”
Ruiz also added that gun owners have a responsibility to secure their firearms, urging others to safely lock their guns away.
How common are accidental shootings by children?
Believe it or not, accidental shootings by minors are more common than you may think.
A recent report by Everytown For Gun Safety, a firearms control advocacy group, stated that unintentional shootings by minors have caused 879 deaths since 2015 and 114 this year (2021).