Homeowner Fires Shots At 14YR Old Asking Directions After Missing School Bus

Posted On : 04/15/2018

Whenever someone is lost, it’s not uncommon for them to ask for help from a stranger. But unfortunately for one teen, asking for help almost cost him his life because the person he asked immediately judged him based on the color of his skin. What should have been an innocent encounter between the teen and a stranger quickly turned into a potentially deadly incident. It all started on Thursday, April 12 when Brennan Walker was late for school after missing the bus. When he stopped at a residence to ask for directions, he received anything but that. Instead, he was nearly killed by a racist homeowner, according to Guardians of Democracy.

Late and Lost:

That Thursday morning, the 14-year-old did something we’ve all done at least once. He woke up late and found himself rushing to make it to the bus stop. But unfortunately, his bus headed to Rochester High School was already gone. Instead of throwing in the towel and heading back home, the teen decided to stop and ask someone for directions so he could still try to get to school. However, things definitely didn’t go according to plan. During an interview with a local news station, the teen recalled his encounter with a couple and how the situation quickly went left. Before Brennan could even explain why he’d knocked on the door, the couple immediately believed he had ill intentions. “I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady’s door,” Brennan told the TV station. “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.”

Shots Fired:

After being yelled it, the situation only escalated from there. Brennan recounted how things went from bad to worse when the woman’s husband came downstairs. With a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach, he quickly grabbed his gun. Brennan reacted how anyone else would have – he ran. Luckily he did because if he hadn’t, he might not be alive to tell his story today. “Then the [husband] came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun,” the teen said. “I saw it and started to run — and that’s when I heard the gunshot.”

A Disheartening Truth:

Shortly after the incident occurred, Brennan’s mother, Lisa Wright, was called. She admitted that she immediately felt something bad had happened. However, she never imagined there would have been an issue involving Brennan. Since her husband is currently deployed, she assumed there may have been a problem with him. “My mom says that black boys get shot because sometimes they don’t look their age, and I don’t look my age,” he said. “I’m 14, but I don’t look 14. I’m kind of happy that, like, I didn’t become a statistic.”

During the interview with the news outlet, she shared details about her reaction to what happened to her son. She also revealed the real reason why her son hadn’t been shot that day. “That’s exactly how I feel, like, wow — because you were trying to get to school,” said his mother, Lisa Wright. “I found out later the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take the safety off.”

Wright also expressed anger over the surveillance footage investigators took from the home. After reviewing it and hearing the homeowner’s wife’s statement, it seems as if Brennan was prejudged from the moment he set foot in the yard. “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 said. “Who are ‘these people?’ And that set me off. I didn’t want to believe it was what it appeared to look like. When I heard her say that, it was like, but it is.”

“We should not have to live in a society where we have to fend for ourselves,” Wright said. “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?”

Arrested and Charged:

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office actually agreed with Wright which is why the 53-year-old homeowner was arrested. It has been reported that the retired firefighter was arrested on Friday, April 13. “It is just absurd that this happened,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “I feel terrible for the young man, I feel terrible for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through. 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.”

 

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