A 14-year old Black kid narrowly escaped being fatally shot for asking directions to his high-school, after he missed his bus and didn't have his phone.
Brennan Walker walked up to a home in suburban Detroit to ask directions, and as he knocked at the door, he heard a woman yelling at him.
"Then she started yelling at me and she was like ‘why are you trying to break into my house,'" Walker told the local affiliate of Fox News. "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."
The Oakland County sheriff deputies took the man into custody Thursday, with an arraignment planned for Friday. According to local media source, the shooter was later identified as Jeffery Zeigler, a 53-year-old former firefighter, who was charged with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony Friday, according to the authorities.
"It’s disgusting, it’s disturbing and it’s unacceptable on every level," Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County said, according to the New York Times The couple apparently had a special digital security system attached to their doorbell, including a surveillance camera.
The local police authorities showed the video of the near-death encounter to Walker and his mother, Lisa Wright, on Thursday. "I just remember a huge shotgun being pointed and aimed at my son,” she said. “My son was running away.”
“I found out later the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take the safety off,” Walker’s mother Lisa Wright told the local Fox affiliate.
"One of the things that stands out, that probably angers me the most is, while I was watching the tape, you can hear the wife say, ‘Why did ‘these people’ choose my house?'" Wright told the station. "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."