On April 12, Lisa Walker the mother of Brennen Walker, received a call from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. The horrific call, no mother ever wants to receive—indicated her 14-year-old son nearly became a social media hashtag.
After oversleeping, Walker attempted to walk his bus route to Rochester Hills High School. Due to her previously confiscating his phone, he was unable to contact his mother himself. Sadly, he got lost in an affluent Detroit suburb—and decided to stop and ask for directions.
This time things took a dangerous turn.
“I knocked on the door, stepped back, knocked, stepped back and then a lady came downstairs yelling at me,” Brennan told the station. “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.”
Then the guy came downstairs, and he grabbed the 12-gauge shotgun,” he continued to explain. At this point, Walker said he was forced to run for his life after 53-year-old Jeffrey Zeigler, began to shoot at him.
According to Click on Detroit, the man fired at least one shot. The shot was delayed because he forgot to take the safety off, according to reports. Brennan later told police he kept running and later hid—he would later cry.
Since the incident, the suspect has been taken into custody. The security video has not been released, but authorities, Brennan and his mother watched it.
“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?'” mother Lisa Wright tells Fox 2. “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.
Thankfully, Walker was not injured.
Zeigler is being held on a 50k bond (no 10 percent) and charged with felony charges. He was also ordered to wear a GPS tether upon release. His pretrial conference is scheduled for April 24, and preliminary exam is scheduled on May 1.
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