Rochester Hills homeowner shoots at 14-year-old knocking on door for directions after missing bus

Brennan Walker runs from home as man fires shotgun

By Koco McAboy - Reporter, Amber Ainsworth

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - A Rochester Hills man on Thursday shot at a teenager who was knocking on his door to ask for directions.

Officials with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said 14-year-old Brennan Walker missed the bus in the morning so he started walking to school. He got lost and stopped at a home on South Christian Hills Drive to ask for directions. Walker knocked at the front door.

"I knocked on the door, stepped back, knocked, stepped back and then a lady came downstairs yelling at me," he said. "She asked me, 'Why are you trying to break into my house?' and I told her, no, I was just looking for directions to Rochester High."

When a man came down the stairs with a shotgun, Walker started running.

"I turned back and saw him aiming at me," he said.

The safety was engaged, but the homeowner was eventually able to fire a shot as Walker ran away, authorities said.

"That's just completely unacceptable on every level. I don't know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn't pass the muster," Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Authorities are reviewing home security cameras as they investigate the shooting.

The man is in custody and is expected to face charges. 

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Brennan did not have a cellphone at the time because he was on punishment. His mother took the phone. His mother works the overnight shift and doesn't get off until 8 a.m. So Brennan is responsible for getting on the bus each morning. 

Brennan actually went to two houses to ask for directions. He was trying to find a short cut to get to school and went through nearby neighborhoods after getting lost. He went to one house first and was given directions by a homeowner, but got lost again. It was the second house he went to where the man met him with the gun. 

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