Tuesday, June 26, 2001

NEWS - Rifle Shot Kills Woman At Zoo; News Kills Mom

Rifle Shot Kills Woman At Zoo; News Kills Mom
Watertown Daily Times (NY)
Tuesday, June 26, 2001

LANSING , Mich. - A state trooper's wife visiting a crowded zoo with her daughter was killed by a rifle shot fired from a nearby wooded area. Her mother died of a heart attack when she was told of the shooting.

The trooper's lawyer acknowledged his client is under investigation in the shooting but said he wasn't involved.

Bernita White , 41, was shot once in the heart Saturday while walking with her daughter and friends at the Potter Park Zoo.

White 's mother, Barbara Sims, 67, died of a heart attack when she was told of her daughter's death, police said.

White 's husband, Artis, a state police detective sergeant, had dropped off his wife and daughter at the park and arrived half an hour after the shooting to pick them up.

White had filed for divorce from her husband last month, but they still lived together.

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