Shamaya Lynn was killed Wednesday in a horrific toddler Zoom shooting. Her child reportedly discharged an unsecured firearm at his mother during a Zoom call at the family’s home in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Police reported the incident in a news release on Facebook. Authorities said that on Wednesday, “a member of a Zoom conference call dialed 911 when one of the participants, Shamaya Lynn appeared to be in need of help.” The 21-year-old mom was on a work call in her apartment on Spanish Trace Dr., police said. Another member of the Zoom call heard a loud noise before watching Lynn fall backward in her chair.
Officials reported that “the person stated that during the work-related call they saw a toddler in the background and heard a noise, just before Ms. Lynn fell backward and never returned to the call.” That is when the unnerved observer called 911.
First responders arrived on the scene and “did their best in rendering aid to Mrs. Lynn,” but they were unable to stabilize her, authorities reported. Shamara Lynn sustained a fatal gunshot wound to her head from her young toddler during the Zoom shooting. Authorities said in its statement that “Investigators determined that the injury was caused by a toddler who found a loaded handgun, which was left unsecured by an adult in the apartment.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what the relationship between Lynn and the toddler was, though police suspect Shamaya Lynn is the child’s mother. It wasn’t revealed how old the child was or how they got the gun. Investigators are still trying to understand what happened to lead to the deadly accident.
The Altimore Springs Police Department explained that “the investigation is ongoing and detectives are working closely with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office concerning any charges which may be appropriate for the owner of the firearm.” Anyone with information is asked to contact ASPD.
It was revealed that the handgun belonged to the father of the toddler, though it wasn’t identified what Shamaya Lynn’s relationship to the father was. There was a second toddler in the apartment Wednesday when the deadly Zoom shooting took place. Neither child was injured, reports confirmed.
Police have not confirmed any charges against the owner of the gun, though investigators are trying to determine what charges are appropriate. Police Officer Roberto Ruiz Jr. claimed that “incidents like this could be easily avoided.” He pleaded with gun owners, saying that “if you own a firearm, please keep it locked and secured.”
According to the #NotAnAccident Index, there were at least 220 unintentional shootings by children in 2021. These incidents resulted in 83 deaths and 149 injuries the Everytown for Gun Safety advocacy group said. The website claimed that “every year, hundreds of children in the United States gain access to firearms and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.”
A study confirmed that around 4.6 million American children live in homes with at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked. The Be SMART campaign was launched to raise awareness for gun safety. Gun owners are asked to utilize secure gun storage. Properly storing guns unloaded in a locked container separate from ammunition “can save children’s lives,” the website claimed.
NBC News reported that in February, a 25-year-old North Carolina mother of five was accidentally shot and killed by her own children. The young kids found a gun in their mom’s purse before inadvertently opening fire on the woman.