19-year-old Renisha McBride seeks help and dies from a shotgun blast to her face

November 8, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Good morning:

19-year-old Renisha McBride will be buried today. A homeowner in Dearborn Heights bordering Detroit shot her in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun at 3:40 am Saturday as she stood on his front porch.

USA Today reports:

Two versions of what happened in the early morning hours of Saturday have unfolded.

One is from the homeowner, who told investigators he accidentally discharged his .12-gauge shotgun when he believed the woman was breaking into his house in the middle of the night.

The other is from relatives of the African-American woman from Detroit, who said they believe she was racially profiled after she went up to the house on Outer Drive seeking help after she was involved in an auto accident.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

According to police, Renisha McBride was involved in an accident with a parked car. Her family says the accident was four blocks from the house where she was killed.

The shooter told police that he thought the person was attempting to break into his house and fired the gun accidentally without actually seeing the person before he fired the shot.

The Dearborn Heights Police Department is continuing to investigate the case.

Looks to me like she was knocked unconscious in the accident and disoriented when she regained consciousness. She went looking for help and was shot in the face.

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