A 14-year-old Detroit teen is lucky to be physically unscathed following a close call with an armed homeowner this week, according to police.
Fox News reported that Brennan Walker is believed to have approached a residence at around 8:20 a.m. Thursday after missing his school bus and attempting to retrace the route on foot.
When the teen became lost in the Christian Hills community, he told local reporters that he knocked on the front door of a home the woman who answered was immediately hostile.
Walker told WJBK that she asked him why he was “trying to break in” to her house.
“I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High and she kept yelling at me,” he said.
At that point, a 53-year-old male suspect armed with a shotgun allegedly approached and fired in Walker’s direction.
The incident was reportedly captured by a home surveillance system.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard confirmed law enforcement will “ask for every charge permissible” against the suspect.
“I feel terrible for the young man,” he said. “I feel terrible for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through.”
Lisa Wright, the alleged victim’s mother, said she saw the video and was convinced her son was fired on because of his skin color.
“After watching the video and hearing the wife say ‘Why did these people choose my house?’ I knew it was racially motivated,” she said. “I don’t know what other ‘these people’ she could possibly have been talking about. He was by himself.”
[Featured image: Brennan Walker/WJBK, video screenshot]