Renisha McBride's autopsy reveals she was killed by a single shotgun blast to the face. The coroner ruled McBride's death a homicide, but her killer, Ted Wafer, has not been charged.
McBride, 19, was shot when she knocked on a door in Dearborn Heights, Mich., seeking help after wrecking her car in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. The homeowner, Wafer, says his shotgun discharged accidentally after he mistook McBride for a burglar at 2:30 a.m.
The coroner is awaiting toxicology results to determine if McBride was under the influence when she was shot.
“There was an entrance shotgun wound to the face, with no evidence of close range discharge of a firearm noted on the skin surrounding this wound,” read the medical examiner report, according to the Detroit News.
Ironically, a woman and her family attempted to help McBride after her car accident. She was bleeding from her face and she was disoriented.
McBride wandered away towards Wafer's home as the good Samaritan called 911 for assistance.
“She was confused,” family attorney, Gerald Thurswell, told the Detroit News.
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Civil rights groups have said the killing of McBride, who is black, is an example of racial profiling. They have said the circumstances of her death are similar to the ones surrounding Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
McBride’s friends and family say she was disoriented following the early morning crash, and had likely gone to the white 54-year-old suspect’s home seeking help.
Investigators have said the homeowner has told them he feared McBride was trying to break into his home and that he accidentally fired his shotgun.
Prosecutors say they are still reviewing the case and deciding whether to charge the shooter.
The Detroit News notes it will be difficult for the homeowner to defend himself using Michigan’s self-defense law given McBride died on the porch, not inside the home. The paper also notes that the medical examiner’s report there was “no evidence of close range discharge of a firearm” likely means the barrel of the gun was not pressed against McBride’s face.
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