This past Thursday, Brennan Walker did what a lot of teenagers do -- he overslept and missed his school bus. Rather than skip school, the 14-year-old decided to attempt the hour-and-a-half walk there. Following the route normally taken by his bus, he got turned around and became lost.
He'd left his house without his phone therefore, GPS was not an option. So, he decided to appeal to human kindness and ask someone for directions. He stopped at a home to ask for help, only to have the woman there yell at him, seemingly accusing him of being up to no good. Within moments, Brennan Walker found himself running for his life when the so-called "man" of the house came downstairs with a shotgun.
Fortunately, Brennan had the presence of mind to run. The "man" then stepped onto his porch and aimed his 12-gauge shotgun and fired a single shot at the teen. By then, the 14-year-old had managed to run far enough to be out of the range of the blast.
Brennan kept running until he encountered a sheriff's deputy, who had been called by the woman of the home. The story he told, in addition to security camera footage of the shooting, resulted in the arrest of the would-be killer Jeffrey Zeigler.
Zeigler, 53, has been charged with assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Zeigler claims that there is "more to the story".
Thankfully, Brennan Walker is alive to tell his side of the story. In the cases of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell, we see how being in the "wrong" neighborhood, while black, can lead to fatal encounters