Bronx, NY, Mom Dies Saving Her 3 Children From Gunman in Park

Angela Bronner Helm
Jessica White, who was killed June 9, 2016, in front of her mother and three children at the John Adams Houses in the Bronx, N.Y.

A mother in New York City’s Bronx borough was shot and killed as she tried to shield her three young children from a gunman in a park outside her apartment building Saturday, reports the New York Daily News.

At about 10:15 p.m., Jessica White, 29, saw a man dressed in black open fire in the playground at the John Adams Houses. White reportedly jumped up and took a bullet right below her heart, according to her mother, Gola White, who was a witness.


“She said, ‘Mommy! The kids!’” Gola White said Saturday night.

Police describe the gunman as wearing a ski mask when he approached the park and opened fire, targeting a group of men sitting nearby in the playground.

“Bullets don’t have no name, bullets don’t have no direction, so of course when my daughter stood up, she got hit, under her heart. And she’s gone,” Gola White said.

The victim’s grieving mother said that after her daughter was shot, she quickly took her three grandkids inside. Jessica White’s two brothers then ran outside and performed CPR on her, but she was taken to a local hospital, where she died.


Read more at the New York Daily News.

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