A black teenage boy was reportedly shot at after knocking on someone's door to ask for directions.
A 14-year-old boy says he was shot at after knocking on the door of a MI home to ask for directions after missing his school bus Thursday morning. Because his mom had taken his phone, the 14-year-old made a decision to ask for help and knocked on a stranger's door to see if they could tell him how to get to the school. A woman answered the door, he said, and began yelling nearly immediately, as if he were trying to break into her house. "And I tried to run faster", Walker told WXYZ. "I was in bed yesterday morning and my wife came screaming and crying ..." The man eventually came out with a shotgun and fired one shot at the teen who was running away.
"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". "I told her, 'No, I go to Rochester High, I'm just looking for directions to Rochester High'". Then [her husband] came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run.
"My mom says that black boys get shot because sometimes they don't look their age, and I don't look my age".
"Its disgusting, its disturbing and its unacceptable on every level", said Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County. Upon deputies' arrival, it was determined that the husband chased after the male with a 12-gauge shotgun and fired a round toward the fleeing male.
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Police say Zeigler's doorbell had a surveillance camera attached and the whole incident was caught on video.
Collins said how Walker described the altercation to police "did bear out" to what was shown on the video.
On Friday, the man, Jeffery Zeigler, 53, was charged with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, officials said.
The retired Detroit firefighter was arraigned Friday afternoon. He said Zeigler's account was not borne out by the video. "After watching [security video] and hearing the wife say "why did these people choose my house" I knew it was racially motivated", says Lisa.
Investigators say they contacted Walker's mother Lisa Wright. The shot was delayed because he forgot to take the safety off, according to reports. She said that when she received a call from police she assumed it was about her husband, who's now deployed in Syria, but was shaken up when she learned what happened to her son. "I don't know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn't pass the muster", he told the site. He was by himself'. His mom had taken his phone away, so he didn't have that with him to get directions. Somewhere along the way, he got lost and chose to ask for help. During his arraignment, he tried to make a statement about what happened when the family heard a knock at the door.
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