Toddler fatally shoots woman in head during Zoom work call after finding gun in property

Toddler fatally shoots woman in head during Zoom work call after finding gun in property
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A toddler shot a woman dead while she was on a Zoom video call for work in Florida, local police have reported.

Emergency services were called to the property in Altamonte Springs, a city just north of Orlando, after someone on the video call spotted the toddler in the background and heard a noise, according to Altamonte Springs police.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-old identified as Shamaya Lynn, who was said to be the mother of the young child. WESH television detailed that officers confirmed this information, despite the police statement not identifying the relationship.

The victim did not return to the Zoom call after she reportedly fell backwards. Her child found an unsecured, loaded handgun inside the apartment and fatally shot their mum in the head.

“Officers and paramedics did their best in rendering aid to Mrs. Lynn, but she was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head,” police stated.

Investigators said the handgun belonged to the father of Lynn’s two children, who were both uninjured.

Seminole County State Attorney’s Office is now working with investigators to determine whether charges will be filed.

“If you own a firearm, please keep it locked and secured,” police officer Roberto Ruiz Jr said.

“Incidents like this could be avoided.”

Everytown Research & Policy reported there were at least 220 unintentional shootings by children in 2021 so far as of August 12, resulting in 83 deaths and 149 injuries nationally.

While many parents think their children are not capable of firing a gun but this is not the case. As children as young as 3 years old may be strong enough to pull the trigger of a handgun, according to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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