A Florida mother was accidentally shot and killed by her own son while on a Zoom video conference, authorities say. Investigators say the child grabbed a loaded gun that an adult had left unsecured in the apartment.
Mother accidentally shot and killed by her own son during video conference call
Law enforcement officials were alerted to the shooting Thursday after a person who was at the same virtual meeting called 911 for help, the Altamonte Springs Police Department said.
The caller told police they were on a work-related call with Shamaya Lynn, 21, when they saw a small child in the background and heard a noise.
Police said the caller saw Lynn fall backward and stopped responding.
Officers and paramedics attempted to help Lynn when they arrived on the scene, but he ultimately could not be saved after suffering a fatal gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
Investigators later determined Lynn was shot by the toddler, who had found a loaded gun left unsecured in the apartment by an adult, police said.
“The investigation is ongoing and detectives are working closely with the Seminole County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding any charges that may be appropriate for the owner of the firearm,” read a statement from Altamonte Springs Police.
Authorities did not disclose the identity of the gun’s owner in the press release, although police confirmed that the firearm belongs to the boy’s father.
Police told the news outlet that Lynn’s two children, including the one who fired the gun, were not injured in the incident and are currently in the care of relatives.