ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting death that took place in August when a woman was fatally shot by a toddler while she was on a work-related Zoom call.
Veondre Avery, the owner of the firearm, was arrested for negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm. He was transported to Seminole County Jail without incident, authorities said.
Seminole County State Attorney’s Office and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case.
On Aug. 11, a member of a Zoom call dialed 911 when one of the participants on the call, 21-year-old Shamaya Lynn, appeared to be in need of help.
The caller said that during the work-related call, they saw a toddler in the background and heard a noise just before Lynn fell backward and never returned the call.
When officers arrived at her home on Spanish Trace Drive, she was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators determined that the gunshot wound was caused by a toddler who found a loaded handgun that was left unsecured by an adult in the apartment.
Shortly after the arrest, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook to remind everyone to “always store your firearms safely.”
“These tragedies are 100 percent preventable. Keep firearms secure and out of the hands of children,” the sheriff’s office wrote.