Florida toddler fatally shoots his mom, his father is now in custody

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Guns at home put you at greater risk of death.

Living in a house with a gun increases your odds of death. It’s an unnecessary risk.

There were at least 369 unintentional shootings by children younger than 18 last year, with 142 deaths, according to the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, which tracks reports.

It happened again, a two-year-old toddler fatally shot his mom after finding a loaded handgun owned by his father inside the child's "Paw Patrol" backpack, which was lying down on the floor of the couple's bedroom.

The father is now arrested for a negligent manslaughter charge.

What happened

The mom who is identified as 2t1-year-old Shamaya Lynn was on a Zoom call when the tragedy happened.

Lynn was on a call with her co-worker, when the co-worker, who is not identified, heard a gunshot. On the Zoom call, she saw Lynn laid back on her chair.

She immediately calls 911, she was confused and frightened, as she doesn't know where Lynn lived or how old she is.

The female co-worker later told police that she saw a toddler in the background of the video feed and heard a noise before Lynn fell back and never returned to the call.

Altamonte Springs police spokesperson Michelle Montalvo confirmed that there was another child when the shooting took place.

In a memorial website for Lynn, details showed that she has two kids,

Ms. Shamaya Shanté Lynn was bom June 19, 2000, in Miami Florida to Alicia Davis and Adrain Lynn. She was the third oldest of four children. Shamaya began her formal education at Charles R. Drew Elementary in Miami, Florida. She was an excellent student and wouldn’t accept a grade lower than a C. She was an A-B student, and her education was very important to her.
In 2008, Shamaya moved to Orlando, Florida with her mom and siblings and continued her education. She received her high school diploma in the Class of 2019, graduating withhonors and in the top 10% of her class.
Soon after graduation, Shamaya became pregnant with her first son.

The gun owner Veondre Avery, 22, is also charged with unsafe storage of a firearm after the 2-year-old son he shared with 21-year-old Shamaya Lynn found his loaded handgun in a child’s “Paw Patrol” backpack on the floor of the couple’s bedroom.

In his own 911 call, Avery pleaded with the dispatcher to “please hurry” and send paramedics after he found his girlfriend wounded in the apartment.

“I literally just got home and I come in the room... [and] my girlfriend who was working on the computer, she’s just laid back and there’s blood everywhere,” Avery said.

Lynn was pronounced dead at the scene and Avery is being held at Seminole County Jail without bond, the State Attorney’s Office said.

Gun Violence

Responsible gun ownership means making sure that guns are locked in and out of reach especially for children.

In this article on Vox

It is dangerous to have a gun in your house. For Lynn and the Paw patrol backpack toddler boy, it was a tragedy that nobody wanted but could have been avoided.

Guns can kill you in three ways: homicide, suicide, and by accident. Owning a gun or having one readily accessible makes all three more likely. One meta-analysis ”found strong evidence for increased odds of suicide among persons with access to firearms compared with those without access and moderate evidence for an attenuated increased odds of homicide victimization when persons with and without access to firearms were compared.” The latter finding is stronger for women, a reminder that guns are also a risk factor for domestic violence.
The same thing is true for accidents. States with more guns see more accidental deaths from firearms, and children ages 5 to 14 are 11 times more likely to be killed with a gun in the US compared to other developed countries, where gun ownership is much less common. About half of gun accident fatalities happen to people under 25, and some recent analyses suggest that the official count of gun accident deaths among children is understated.

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