An African-American teenager from Michigan almost got killed on Thursday after he knocked on a door for asking directions because he had missed the bus.
Brennan Walker, 14, overslept on Thursday morning due to which he missed his bus to Rochester High School.
He had no phone on him because his mother had taken it away, as a last resort, he knocked on a door in Rochester Hills for asking directions.
“I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door. Then she started yelling at me and she was like, ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’ I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High. And she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot,” Walker told.
Fortunately, the man missed the shot, which gave chance to Walker to hide, he hid and cried.
Walker said that he is glad that he didn’t become another statistic.
“My mom says that black boys get shot because sometimes they don’t look their age, and I don’t look my age. I’m 14, but I don’t look 14. I’m kind of happy that, like, I didn’t become a statistic,” he said.The homeowner was identified as Jeffrey Zeigler, 53. He was taken into the police custody and was charged with ‘attempt to murder and firearm felony.’
He was granted bail at $50,000 and was given a restraint order, he is not allowed to go with 10 miles range of Walker. Which means he will not be able to return to his own home until the case is concluded.
This is not the first time Zeigler was arrested, he was previously arrested in 2004 because he shot a car in a road rage dispute on a Michigan highway. He pleaded guilty at that time, which resulted in a one year of the probation sentence.
“We are going to ask for every charge permissible for this guy, who stepped up and fired a shotgun because someone knocked on his door,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “I feel terrible for the young man. I feel terrible for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through.”
Walker’s mother was shown recording of the whole incident that was recorded by the home’s doorbell monitor.
“After watching the video and hearing the wife say ‘Why did these people choose my house?’ I knew it was racially motivated,” Lisa Wright told WXYZ-TV. “I don’t know what other ‘these people’ she could possibly have been talking about. He was by himself.”
The surveillance tape has not yet been released by the authorities.
Walker’s mother called it a hate crime. Her husband is currently deployed in Syria.
“We should not have to live in a society where we have to fend for ourselves. If I have a question, I should be able to turn to my village and knock on a door and ask a question. I shouldn’t be fearful of a child, let alone a skin tone,” she added. “This is a decent neighborhood. If anything — why would I knock on your door to rob you?”