Police charge MI man who fired at black teen asking for directions

Brennan Walker

Brennan Walker

"She asked me, 'Why are you trying to break into my house?' and I told her, 'No, I was just looking for directions to Rochester High'".

A 53-year-old Rochester Hills man is in custody after he chased a 14-year-old African American boy away from his porch, into his yard and fired a shotgun toward him, WDIV reports.

Zeigler, a retired Detroit firefighter, has been charged with assault with intent to murder and and felony firearms.

Zeigler was arrested soon afterwards and Brennan was found a bit later down the street, shaken but unhurt. "The recent shooting at 14-year-old Brennan Walker, at a home in Rochester Hills, while simply trying to find his way to school, by a white homeowner, is another case in point". He was shot when he asked for help with directions. No one was injured in the incident, the sheriff's office said.

The judge additionally ordered the Rochester man to not have direct contact with the victim or his family, and to surrender all of his weapons to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. She then issued a $50,000 cash bond with conditions.

The judge ordered a $50,000 bond with no 10 percent option, and, if he is released, Zeigler will have to attend counseling and wear a Global Positioning System monitor. He said his mother told him black boys get shot because they don't look their age, huh?

Walker knocked on the door of this home on the 2200 block of South Christian Hills (pictured) and was allegedly met by a woman who asked: '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.




"Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the gun, I saw it and started to run", Walker said. "I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot", said Brennan.

Brennan's mother told Fox 29 she believes the incident was racially motivated.

"We should not have to live in a society where we have to fend for ourselves", she added.

"After watching the video and hearing the wife say 'why did these people choose my house, ' I knew it was racially motivated", she said. She also described it as a hate crime.

Assistant prosecutor Kelly Collins said Zeigler's account differed from Brennan's but the teenager's account was supported by the security footage.

"Its disgusting, its disturbing and its unacceptable on every level", said Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County. He added: "I feel bad for the young man; I feel awful for the mom and the anxiety that they had to go through". If I have a question, I should be able to turn to my village and knock on a door and ask a question.

Walker told Detroit Fox 2 News that he attempted to walk the bus route to school but had difficulty because he didn't have his phone to rely on for directions. "I'm 14; but I don't look 14", Brennan said.

"I didn't want to believe that that type of stuff could happen here", says Brennan.

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