‘It was a hate crime’: Walled Lake family fears for safety after violent home invasion

Mother, two children in home at time of invasion

The victim in the case believes their family was targeted because they’re Black.
The victim in the case believes their family was targeted because they’re Black.

WALLED LAKE, Mich. – Police are investigating an early morning home invasion in Walled Lake.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning near South Commerce Road.

Police said they have two white men and one white woman in custody.

The victim in the case believes their family was targeted because they’re Black.

A mother and two children were home at the time of the home invasion. The children are 9 and 13 years old.

The 13-year-old child woke up when they heard a commotion outside the home and quickly woke up his 9-year-old brother. Moments later, their mother was in their bedroom, armed with a gun as people were breaking into their home.

While the people kept trying to break into the home, the mother fired shots through the bedroom window. She also called her husband, who works overnight in Detroit.

“I can hear everything, them kicking and banging down the door, whatever they were doing,” the husband said.

Two men and a woman, along with dogs, a knife and a club broke down the door to the home to get inside.

“I heard the first shot and that’s when she, they were in the house,” the husband said. “I can hear the guy saying, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ The n-word and all that.”

The husband said he dropped everything, got in his car and headed home. By the time he arrived police had three white people in custody.

“It was a hate crime,” the husband said.

The Walled Lake family believes the attack was racially motivated.

“They knew that we were a Black family. I’m always on my motorcycle,” the husband said.

He said he’s proud his wife knows how to shoot a gun and that she did everything she could to protect their family.

“My wife did what she had to do,” he said. “When you have kids you do what you gotta do.”

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