SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Channel 9 is getting a more detailed look at what happened the day Shamaya Lynn was shot and killed by her 2-year-old son while on a Zoom work call.
According to court documents, Veondre Avery’s and Lynn’s son, Veondre Jr., picked up the loaded Glock 43 out of a children’s Paw Patrol backpack, crawled up on the bed behind his mother then pulled the trigger, accidentally killing her while she was on a Zoom work call in his parents’ bedroom. A coworker on the call dialed 911 saying Lynn was “passed out and bleeding.”
Avery, the owner of the gun, was arrested for negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm, and transported to Seminole County Jail.
Avery didn’t say anything as he faced the judge Wednesday afternoon. His lawyer asked for a $15,000 bond, but the judge set Avery’s bond at $50,000.
After the hearing, Avery’s attorney, Victor Made, called this a tragic accident.
“His child’s mother is deceased now, and I’m sure he’s very remorseful,” Made said. “He seems like a pretty solid guy, never been in trouble before.”
According to court documents, Avery told officers when he arrived at the home, his son approached him at the door and told him his head hurt. Avery examined his son’s forehead and noticed he bumped it.
Avery said he went into the bedroom to ask Lynn how he got the injury, and noticed her slumped over on her computer chair.
He tried to speak with her but she was unresponsive, and he noticed an excessive amount of blood on her face. He immediately called 911.
Avery told police he normally kept the gun that killed Lynn in his Paw Patrol backpack next to their bed, and that he does not lock his firearm and keeps it ready to fire with one round in the chamber.
It took months to charge Avery because investigators wanted to make sure they ruled out that anyone else could have fired the weapon. Investigators compared the markings on the child’s face, which matched the Glock 43.