UPDATE: 3:10 PM EST
While police have yet to announce the charges against the homeowner who shot Renisha McBride over the weekend, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the gunman shot the 19-year-old by accident.
Police Lt. James Serwatowski told the Press:
“This man’s claiming—believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he’s also saying the gun discharged accidentally.”
Serwatowski also told the publication that McBride was not shot in the back of the head, as initially reported.
“I don’t know where the family is getting this,” he said. “She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth.”
The Wayne County prosecutor is awaiting further police investigation before deciding if it will press charges against the homeowner.
The gunman who is claiming self defense in the shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride could be in some hot water.
Yesterday we learned of the Detroit-area teen’s death, but as more details become available, it is becoming clearer that what was originally deemed self-defense was actually a case more similar to that of Jonathan Ferrell’s, the 24-year-old former FAMU football player who was shot by police as he was seeking help following a car accident.
According to McBride’s family, she was also seeking help in the middle of the night on Saturday (in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, located just west of Detroit) after her phone died.
Her family says she approached a stranger’s house for help around 2:30 a.m. after she had a car accident, according to the Detroit News. She was fatally shot on the porch.
McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the paper she believes it was a case of racial profiling.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” Spinks told the paper.“If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911. … She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Police have identified the shooter as a man in his 50s, however, they have remained tight-lipped about the details of the case. According to the Dearborn Press & Guide, a report has been sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, who would be responsible for charging the suspect.
Adding insult to the already sensitive topic of racial profiling, Michigan has a version of the Stand Your Ground law which allows individuals to use deadly force without first retreating if they believe it’s necessary to prevent imminent harm or death.
Not surprisingly, McBride’s death has struck a chord in the African-American community. A little less than two months ago, the unarmed Ferrell was shot 10 times while doing the same thing McBride was doing.
Prosecutors are currently asking for more details in the shooting.
May she rest in peace and justice be served. We’ll keep you updated on the latest in this case.
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