Memphis Zoo visitor struck by stray bullet - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Memphis Zoo visitor struck by stray bullet

A trip to the Memphis Zoo was no walk in the park for a Memphis woman who was hit by a stray bullet there over the weekend.

The 49-year-old woman was at the Round Barn animal exhibit Saturday afternoon when a bullet hit a railing and struck and bruised her hip before falling to the ground.

No one at the zoo saw a gun or heard the shot.

"It can happen anywhere that you have a handgun owner that's not being responsible and careful with their handgun," Memphis Zoo spokesperson Brian Carter said in an interview Monday.

Carter said investigators believe the bullet was probably fired into the air.
"They made that conclusion rather quickly, that it wasn't fired directly into the park - it was something that fell into the park," he said.

The Round Barn exhibit sits at the back of the zoo's property, against the intersection of McLean and Parkway.  Police investigators told zookeepers the bullet probably came from outside the zoo's property, traveling as far as a mile before landing.

Carter stressed that guest safety is the zoo's top priority, and noted that the woman who was struck did not require medical treatment.

Police were able to recover the shell casing from the bullet.

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