A toddler shot his mother in Florida during Wednesday’s Zoom conference call.
Shamaya Lynn, 21, was participating in a Zoom conference call. A toddler appeared in the background and Lynn lost her voice. Lynn’s coworkers heard a loud noise and saw Lynn suddenly fall to the ground. Lynn has never been seen again.
Lynn’s coworkers contacted police. The Orlando Sentinel reported that officers and paramedics finally found the woman with a fatal gunshot to the head.
“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,” Altamonte Springs Police Officer Rob Ruiz said in a statement.
According to WESH, investigators determined that the child was Lynn’s second child and that the gun belonged the father of the children. Authorities are looking into whether to accuse the father of leaving the gun unattended and within reach of the children. According to reports, the children are safe and staying with their relatives.
Statistics and a national gun violence database are not available.
According to a Harvard Medical School report, one in three American homes with children owns a gun. This means that nearly 22 million children live in homes with guns. The report found that 34% of children who live in homes with guns know where they are stored. This includes their parents, which is almost 22%.
Some guns have safety locks that prevent accidental shootings. However, not all guns do. According to the report, children as young as three years old can pull the trigger on a handgun.
Parents might believe that their children are able to distinguish between real guns from toy guns. Nationwide Children’s Hospitals found that 16 percent of firearm-related deaths in children under 13 years old were caused by a mistaken identity.
Sometimes parents believe that their children are too young to handle a gun. Nichole L. Michaels says that studies show that children are able to handle any gun they find. Michaels is a senior researcher scientist at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute.
Experts recommend guns should be kept safe and secure in a place where they are not easily accessible by children. Experts recommend that guns are kept unloaded and ammunition stored separately.