A Michigan man may face a murder charge in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.
Dearborn Heights police initially said they found the teen’s body “dumped” in a suburban area near Warren and Outer Drive. McBride went missing after her family saw her leave home in her white Ford Taurus on Friday, Nov. 1. The family was not notified of McBride’s death until Monday, Nov. 4, according to McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks.
Police now say McBride died on the front porch of a home where she apparently went to seek help after wrecking her car around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Instead of assisting the teen, the homeowner stepped out on his porch and shot her.
McBride’s aunt told Detroit News that Renisha was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun as she turned to walk or run away from the residence.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” said Spinks on Tuesday. “If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911.”
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday, but Spinks said the family met with officials from the Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday. Spinks said she believes her niece was racially profiled, according to Detroit News.
Police initially classified the murder as “possible case of self-defense gone wrong.” But Spinks believes the homeowner was not justified in shooting McBride in the back.
“You see a young black lady on your porch and you shoot?” said Spinks.
“He killed my niece and he needs to pay for it. He needs to be in jail.
“There was no window broken. My niece didn’t bother anyone. She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
McBride’s death comes less than two months after Charlotte police shot and killed a former football player who sought help at a residence after wrecking his car.