Police in Florida arrested the father of a 2-year-old boy who found a loaded pistol in his backpack and fatally shot his mother when she was on a work call for Zoom.
Veondre Avery, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm, Altamonte Springs police said.
Investigators say the little boy found the gun in the “Paw Patrol” backpack on August 11 and shot it once, wounding his mother, Shamaya Lynn, in the head.
A woman who was also on the Zoom call called emergency services, reporting that she heard a noise and saw Lynn collapse. The woman didn’t know where Lynn lived, but in the meantime Avery also called 911, begging the paramedics to hurry up, while he tried to help the woman.
“I literally just came home and walked into the room … and my girlfriend, who was working on the computer, is lying on the floor and there is blood everywhere,” Avery said on the call.
He told the operator that Lynn was not breathing and that he could not feel her pulse. She was pronounced dead at the site.
Authorities said there was another child in the home at the time of the incident.
The county state attorney’s office said Avery was being held without bond.