A 14-year old Black Michigan teenager woke up late for school, missed his bus and nearly paid with his life.
Brennan Walker was walking the bus route to his Rochester, Mich. high school on Thursday when he stopped at a house to ask for directions to his school because he did not have his phone.
“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 [School]. 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,” he told FOX 2.
Law enforcement arrived at the home and took the retired firefighter into custody.
Walker’s mom, Lisa Wright, said when she got the call she rushed to the police station to be with her son. Investigators showed her video that was captured by the woman’s high-tech doorbell.
“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?'” she said. “Who are, “these people?” And that set me off. I didn’t want to believe it was what it appeared to look like.”
Oakland County Sherriff Michael Bouchard said that it was ridiculous for something like this to happen and that Walker and his mom should not have had to experience.
“I feel terrible for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through,” said Bouchard. “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.”
Editors Note: EBONY incorrectly identified Fox 2’s Randy Wimbley as the suspect. We apologize for the error.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.