(ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.) – A Florida mother was fatally shot by her toddler during a zoom video call to work, causing one of her colleagues to call 911, authorities said.
Shamaya Lynn, 21, was killed Wednesday at her apartment in Altamonte Springs, central Florida after one of her two toddlers picked up an unsecured, loaded pistol and shot her in the head, according to police.
One woman on the video call dialed 911 after hearing a noise, watched Lynn fall back, and then saw blood.
“I don’t know where to start, but I live with a company and we just got hired. And one of the girls just passed out. She’s bleeding, ”said the colleague in an emergency call that was released by the police.
The woman told the dispatcher that she could hear a baby crying but see nothing else.
“We heard a loud ‘Kabuom’ and then she leaned back and then we just got blood from her face,” said the woman.
A man who identified himself as Lynn’s friend also called 911 after he got home to find her unconscious and bleeding.
“Hurry!” he said to the emergency services. “There is blood everywhere.”
The man who told police he was the father of the two children was handcuffed at the scene because his “condition and weapons were available in the apartment,” the police report said.
Intervening officers and paramedics provided assistance but could not prevent Lynn from dying from her injuries, police said.
“This young mother lost her life after one of her toddlers found an unsecured pistol in the apartment,” Sgt. Rob Ruiz of the Altamonte Springs Police Department told reporters. “As adults, we have a responsibility to keep people safe, especially if you have a firearm.”
Detectives are working with the Seminole County Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges should be brought against the children’s father who owned the gun, police said. The case is still under review on Saturday night, Ruiz told ABC News.
The father was interviewed but not arrested, reported WFTV, an ABC News Orlando subsidiary.
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