Teen Seeks Help After Crash, Homeowner Kills Her
Detroit family asks: Why didn't he call 911?
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2013 1:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Renisha McBride was 19 years old.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Seeking help turned out to be deadly for a black Detroit teen after her car broke down in the suburb of Dearborn Heights. Police say Renisha McBride, 19, was killed by a shotgun blast to the head on a man's front porch at around 2:30am Saturday, reports the Detroit News. She had been in a car accident nearby and her cell phone battery was dead. Police have not released the shooter's identity or race, but McBride's family—who says she was shot in the back of the head—believes she is a victim of racial profiling.

"Why didn't he call 911? That's what I want to know," her aunt tells the Detroit Free Press. "He could have called the police. She wasn’t in the backyard. She was at the front door knocking ... that man had the time to look out his window." The county prosecutor will seek more information from police before deciding on charges. Michigan has a self-defense law similar to Florida's Stand Your Ground law, Gawker notes. In North Carolina earlier this year, an unarmed man was shot dead by police after he crashed his car and sought help at a nearby home.

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Nov 8, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Just waiting to hear from Jesse and Al on this one. I'm sure they will have something to say.
Nov 8, 2013 12:05 PM CST
My father lives in Dearborn Heights. Had she been white, she would not have been shot. This is a homicide, and the person should face the full consequences of their actions.
Nov 8, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Where is the NRA on this spouting off about 'had she been armed, this wouldn't never happened"? Because the NRA is a mostly white male organization. If they don't comment on responsible gun ownership and use they are sealing the deal that they are also a cover for a new type of racism. This "responsible" gun owner is now a murderer and should be tried as such. What about talking to her to see what happened? I guess they didn't care. DWB. Clear cut murder as she was shot in the back of the head.