Black teen shot at after knocking on door for directions to school

Brennan Walker, 14, says he's "happy [he] didn't become a statistic".
Brennan Walker, 14, says he's "happy [he] didn't become a statistic". Photo credit: Fox 2 News

A black teen in Michigan who knocked on someone's door to ask for directions was shot at.

Local police are describing the incident as "completely unacceptable on every level".

Brennan Walker, 14, missed his bus on Thursday morning (local time) and got lost on the way to school. He approached 53-year-old Jeff Ziegler's door, but the retired firefighter's wife answered and believed he was trying to break in.

Authorities say Zeigler then chased Brennan with a shotgun, firing rounds as the boy ran for his life. No one was injured.

Brennan told Fox 2 News he's "happy [he] didn't become a statistic".

"My mom says that black boys get shot because sometimes they don't look their age, and I don't look my age."

Ziegler is in custody at Oakland County Jail, with a bond of $50,000. He is also forbidden from being within a 10 mile (16km) radius of Brennan and his family.

Jeff Zeigler, 53, says there's a "lot more to this story than what's being told".
Jeff Zeigler, 53, says there's a "lot more to this story than what's being told". Photo credit: Facebook / Local 4

In court it was revealed Zeigler was convicted in 2005 of discharging a firearm without malice.

He told the court there's a "lot more to this story than what's being told".

"I believe that will come out in court."

He's facing charges of assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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