A woman who appeared to need help in the middle of the night and was subsequently shot to death may have been the victim in a case of self-defense gone wrong, according to WJBK-TV.
Renisha McBride, 19, was killed Saturday in Dearborn Heights, Mich, located just west of Detroit. Her family says she approached a stranger’s house for help around 2:30 a.m. after she had a car accident, according to the Detroit News. She was fatally shot on the porch.
McBride’s aunt Bernita Spinks told the paper she believes it was a case of racial profiling.
“He shot her in the head … for what? For knocking on his door,” Spinks told the paper.“If he felt scared or threatened, he should have called 911. … She went looking for help and now she’s dead.”
Family members described McBride as a hardworking, soft-spoken woman who keeps to herself, according to WJBK-TV.
Earlier, police said that the victim’s body had been left on the porch after her death, but police since determined that she was shot there. Police said they have identified the shooter, but haven’t released a name. According to the Dearborn Press & Guide, a report has been sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, who would be responsible for charging the suspect.
Though police have so far released few details about the suspect or the circumstances of McBride’s death, commenters have reacted with remorse and outrage, drawing parallels to other cases where African-American victims were allegedly killed without cause.