Black teen, 14, who missed his school bus is shot at by a white man screaming ‘why are you trying to break into my house’ after he knocked on his door and asked for directions
- Brennan Walker, 14, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, woke up late on Thursday
- He missed the bus and intended to walk the bus route to Rochester High School
- Without his phone, Walker got lost and stopped at home to ask for directions
- The woman who answered allegedly yelled: ‘Why are you trying to break intomy house?’
- Her husband grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and shot at Walker as he ran away
- Police arrested Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, and charged him with assault with intent to murder and felony firearms violations
A black teenager was shot at by a white man after he knocked on his door and asked for directions.
Brennan Walker, 14, woke up late on Thursday morning and missed his bus to Rochester High School, Michigan. He tried to walk the bus route but he became lost.
Without his phone on him, he told WJBK that he saw a house with a ‘Neighborhood Watch’ sticker and knocked on the door to ask for directions.
Brennan Walker, 14 (pictured), of Rochester Hills, Michigan, was nearly shot after he missed the school bus to Rochester High School on Thursday and knocked on a door to ask for directions
Lisa Wright (left), Walker’s mother, said she had taken away his phone as punishment. He stopped at a first door, got directions, then became lost again and knocked on a second door
Walker knocked on the door of this home on the 2200 block of South Christian Hills (pictured) and was allegedly met by a woman who asked: ‘Why are you trying to break into my house?’
‘She started yelling at me and she was like: “Why are you trying to break into my house?”‘ Walker told WJBK.
‘I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High. And she kept yelling at me. Then [her husband] came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot,’ he said.
Deputies were called to the home on the 2200 block of South Christian Hills Drive after a woman told 911 that her husband had chased a black male who tried to break in, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
The release stated that Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, chased Walker with a 12-gauge shotgun and fired a round at him.
Zeigler was charged with assault with intent to murder and felony firearms violations. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Investigators say they contacted Walker’s mother Lisa Wright. She told WJBK that the only reason Zeigler missed her son was because he forgot to remove the safety.
Walker (left) said he tried to explain why he was there but had to run away after her husband fired a 12-gauge shotgun at him. Jeffrey Zeigler, 53 (right), was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and felony firearms violations
Walker’s mother said investigators showed her a recording of the encounter captured by the home’s doorbell monitor and she said she knew the attack was racially motivated when she heard the wife ask: ‘Why did these people choose my house?’
Walker’s mother said investigators showed her a recording of the encounter captured 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,” Wright told WXYZ-TV. ‘I don’t know what other “these people” she could possibly have been talking about. He was by himself.’
Wright told WDIV that she had taken away her son’s phone as punishment and was working an overnight shift and did not get off until 8am.
Walker told the station that he stopped at a first house, was given directions and then got lost again. It was the second door he knocked on where he encountered the man with the gun.