Renisha McBride, 19, Shot To Death On Metro Detroit Porch While Trying To Get Help
Renisha McBride, 19, Shot To Death On Metro Detroit Porch While Trying To Get Help, Family Says
Nov 06, 2013
A woman who appeared to need help in the middle of the night and was subsequently shot to death may have been the victim in a case of self-defense gone wrong, according to WJBK-TV.
Renisha McBride, 19, was killed Saturday in Dearborn Heights, Mich, located just west of Detroit. 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.”
Family members described McBride as a hardworking, soft-spoken woman who keeps to herself, according to WJBK-TV.
Earlier, police said that the victim's body had been left on the porch after her death, but police since determined that she was shot there. Police said they have identified the shooter, but haven't released a name. 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.
Though police have so far released few details about the suspect or the circumstances of McBride's death, commenters have reacted with remorse and outrage, drawing parallels to other cases where African-American victims were allegedly killed without cause.
Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times by a white police officer in Charlotte N.C. in September. A homeowner made the 911 call after Ferrell, who crashed his car, knocked on the door for help, according to the Associated Press. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Michigan has a version of a "Stand You Ground" law, which allows individuals to use deadly force without first retreating if they believe it's necessary to prevent imminent harm or death. Some activists and legislators have called for the law to be changed.
Again???? And the shooters identity is being withheld while this girl's body lies in the morgue. So sad and unfair!! RIP.
UPDATE: Renisha was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun. Shooter never called 911, left her on the porch to die. Family was initially told her body had been "dumped" rather than that she had been shot on the porch.
UPDATE: The shooter now claims he thought she was trying to break in and he accidentally shot her. Also, she was shot in the mouth, not the back of the head as the family first claimed. Still no charges filed at this point and we don't know who ended up calling 911
UPDATE: 911 calls released show timeline more clearly. Shooter did call 911. Shot wasn't close range. Still waiting on tox screen and other autopsy details.
UPDATE: tox screen showed blood alcohol level to be 3x legal limit. Prosecutor to announce today (11/15) what, if any, charges will be filed against the shooter.