Skip to Content

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


ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Police in central Florida have arrested the 22-year-old father of a toddler who fatally shot his mother while she was on a Zoom call for work.

Police say the 2-year-old found a loaded handgun in his "Paw Patrol" backpack.

Veondre Avery was arrested Tuesday and charged with negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Altamonte Springs police say the little boy fired a single shot on Aug. 11 that hit his mother, Shamaya Lynn, in the head.

A co-worker on the Zoom call and Avery both dialed 911 for help. The Seminole County State Attorney's Office said Avery is being held without bond.

Author Profile Photo

Associated Press

Skip to content