Fourteen-year-old Brennan Walker missed his school bus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and was subsequently shot at on April 12.
Brennan, who did not have his cell phone, told WJBK that he knocked on a stranger’s door to ask directions to the school:
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.
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.
The bullet missed Brennan who said he kept running:
My mom says that, black boys get shot because sometimes they don’t look their age, and I don’t look my age. I’m 14; but I don’t look 14. I’m kind of happy that, like, I didn’t become a statistic.
The Oakland County Sheriff Deputies took the man to the local jail.
Brennan’s mother, Lisa Wright, believes her son almost became a hashtag:
Exactly, and that’s exactly how I feel. Like, wow. Because you were trying to get to school. I found out later the only reason [the man] missed is because he forgot to take the safety off.
Wright said a video recording of the incident — by the homeowner’s equipment — confirmed Brennna’s story:
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 says, before taking a long pause. “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 [what it looks like].
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard voiced his outrage:
It is just absurd that this happened. 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.