The father of a toddler who fatally shot his mother at their Florida home as she was on a Zoom call with coworkers has been charged in the case, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Veondre Avery, 22, is facing charges of manslaughter and failure to securely store a firearm after his 2-year-old son found his gun and shot the 21-year-old mother, Shamaya Lynn, in the head on Aug. 11, according to the Seminole-Brevard State Attorney’s Office.
The baby found Avery’s firearm inside of a child’s “Paw Patrol” backpack that was on the couple’s bedroom floor, prosecutors said.
Stunned colleagues of Lynn witnessed the shooting and one of them called 911.
Avery, who was not there at the time, arrived home shortly after and also frantically called 911.
“I literally just got home. And I come in the room and my girlfriend, she was working on the computer, she’s just laid back. There’s blood everywhere!” he said.
“Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on now, hurry, please hurry! Please! I don’t know what happened, I just went in the house. I just came through the door!” the boyfriend continues.