A Florida elementary school student was on Zoom the first day of school when his mother was shot dead during an online class, police said.
The shooting occurred Tuesday at a house in Indiantown, about 30 miles southwest of Port St.. Lucie, after just eight of the suspicions, Donald J. Williams, was jailed that same day and faced a crime of grade murder just as Sheriff Martin William Snyder said.
Six children were indoors at the time of the shooting, including a 10-year-old girl attending an online class for Warfield Elementary. Many schools across the country have chosen online lessons due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Snyder said during a press conference Tuesday that the girl̵7;s teacher witnessed the child respond to the shooting.
“The online teacher – I’ve never done Zoom with kids, so I’m envisioning other kids on top – and the teacher can see the kids. The teacher says she’s heard.” Seeing noises, hearing obscene words, “he said. “Realized that there is some alternate pattern in the house. Still being able to see the kid online. The teacher said she turned off her button so no one had to hear it and then she saw 10 kid. age put her hand to her ear. “
“Almost immediately after the child put his hand to his ear, the computer screen went blank. We know the computer was hit,” Snyder added.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and children who have witnessed this heartbreaking and pointless tragedy,” said a Martin County School District spokesman.
Grieving counselors will be available to students and staff who need them.
“The incident is still actively investigated by law enforcement, and we will continue to respect the privacy of our teachers and students,” the district said.
The sheriff said investigators believe there was an argument between Williams and the girl’s mother, Maribel Rosado-Morales. The couple has been dating before.
The sheriff said: “He walked in and faced her to do something with a video. “And then we knew there was a chat about Facebook. He said she actually started smiling at him and he got angry and shot her.”
Rosado-Morales, 32, was shot several times and died at the hospital, police chief said. None of the children – four of which were children of Rosado-Morales and two cousins - were injured. They were between the ages of 10 and 17, and none of the children were related to Williams.
The sheriff said he thinks most of the children witnessed the shooting.
After the incident, Williams ran away from home but was later arrested after a bus driver suspected and called 911. Sheriff said Williams was trying to go to a location where the bus was not going.
Snyder said a gun was found in a bag on the bus and Williams, 27, “confessed it all.” It is not clear if he already has a lawyer.
The police chief said the policemen were at home last year because of previous domestic violence cases, but based on their records it did not appear to be the “ongoing issue”.