BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Michigan authorities reported that a teen almost got shot on Thursday after stopping at a Rochester Hills house to ask for directions. Investigators believe that the attempted murder of the Michigan teen is strongly motivated by race. The boy emerged unscathed from the incident.
Michigan Teen Declared that He Almost Turned into a ‘Statistic’
Brennan Walker, a 14-year-old teen from Michigan, almost got killed while going to high school. According to Walker, on Thursday, he woke up later the usual, missing the morning bus.
The teen attempted to get to the Rochester High School on foot but got lost on the way. As the Michigan teen revealed, he had no now of contacting a friend or his mother as the woman took away his smartphone during an argument.
Walker told the police that he went to a Rochester Hills house and knocked on the door, hoping that someone could point him in the right direction.
Allegedly, a woman opened up, stared at him, and kept yelling that the boy was trying to force his way into the house. Walker tried to explain that he only needed direction but fled when he was the woman’s husband, later identified as 53-year-old Jeffrey Zeigler, grabbing a shotgun and going straight towards him.
While running, the Michigan teen heard a single gunshot coming from Ziegler’s home. Fortunately, the bullet missed him. Ziegler was later arrested and charged with using felony firearms and attempted murder.
He was recently released from prison after posting a $50,000 bail. However, Ziegler has a restriction order, which means that he can’t go within 10 miles of the Michigan teen, having to wait for the outcome of the trial to return home.
Meanwhile, the prosecutors intend to seek the maximum penalty for Ziegler, as a better part of the evidence points to this being a racially-motivated crime.
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