Detroit Teen Seeking Help Was Shot in Face: Autopsy
Lawyer says McBride confused, bleeding after crash
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:58 PM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2013 12:01 AM CST
Charles Hannah lights Theresa Walker's candle, left, at a candlelight vigil for Renisha McBride in front of the home where she was shot in Dearborn Heights, Mich.    (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas)

(Newser) – The Detroit teenager killed by a homeowner after a late-night car accident was shot in the face, not the back, an autopsy has confirmed. The family of Renisha McBride, 19, says she was seeking help after the crash when she was killed by a man in the suburb of Dearborn Heights. The homeowner's lawyer says the shooting was justified after the man heard what sounded like "a person or persons" trying to get into his home, the Detroit News reports. Her client, however, apparently told police the shooting—which the autopsy shows was not at close range—was accidental.

McBride, a Ford employee, hit a parked car more than two hours before the shooting. A lawyer for the family tells the Detroit Free Press he has been told McBride was confused and bleeding after the crash, told witnesses she wanted to go home, and wandered down the street. A neighbor tried to find her but was not successful. The shooting, which the teenager's family say was the result of racial profiling, has attracted nationwide attention from civil rights leaders.

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Mike
Nov 12, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Knowing that Newser does more trolling than factual reporting I decided to look else where for this story. Here's what other sources are saying: According to the attorney of the victims family, "He decided to open the door, go out on the porch and put a shotgun in her face...It's pretty hard for it to be an accident: your finger is on the trigger and the shotgun is in her face." (CBSNEWS) However the autopsy shows this was not the case, she was shot at a distance. "This girl was not shot in the back of the head while leaving the porch," Serwatowski (chief detective) said "I don't know where the family is getting this. She was shot in the front of the face, near the mouth." (USAToday) Not sure why people are thinking the shooter said he shot her in the back of the head. “Why didn’t he call 911?” asked Bernita Spinks, 48, of Allen Park, an aunt of McBride. “That’s what I want to know. ... It’s racial profiling.” (Detroit Free Press) I wish we knew how Ms. Spinks came to the racial profiling conclusion. Spinks said her niece was “just disoriented and started walking” to try to get help, “knocking on people’s doors.” (Detroit Free Press) If the victims cell phone was dead how does Ms. Spinks know this? Also, there was a witness who talked to the victim before going inside to call 911. Help was already at the scene. It seems that once again we have the press attempting to change the facts of the story to incite racial tensions and once again useful idiots are taking the bait. Now to address the accidental discharging of the firearm... Never put your finger on the trigger until you are sure of your target and you are ready to shoot.
JackNelsonSteward
Nov 12, 2013 6:52 AM CST
She was shot while facing the weapon. She was NOT shot at "close range." Does that mean six feet ... four? Is that consistent with someone answering their door carrying the weapon they brought because it was zero dark thirty AM and accidentally squeezing off a round? It is, indeed. It's also consistent with someone deliberately shooting someone who was standing on their porch. Do we have enough facts to make a determination? No.
DougMasters
Nov 12, 2013 6:49 AM CST
It is possible the man is racist, and just wanted to shoot a black person it is possible the man isn't racist and thought perhaps this person was threatening, and shot on purpose. It is possible the man isn't racist and thought the person was threatening and out of fear shot on accident.... if he shot through the door I am sure he may have thought he shot her in the back of the head, obviously he didn't get a good look, he also very well could have been lying to whole time. More details would be great.