A white Michigan man was convicted of assault on Friday for firing a gun at a black teenager asking for directions to get to school, NBC News reported.

In April, 14-year-old Brennan Walker stopped at the home of Jeffrey Ziegler in Rochester Hills to ask for directions after he missed his bus. Shortly after Walker approached Ziegler's doorstep he ran away after the homeowner exited his home with a shotgun and fired at him, according to surveillance footage released this week.

Walker told a local NBC News affiliate in April that after he knocked on Ziegler’s door, a “lady came downstairs yelling at me.”


"She asked me, 'Why are you trying to break into my house?' and I told her I was just looking for directions to Rochester High,” he said.

On the day of the incident Ziegler’s wife called the police and said a black male was attempting to "break into" her house, and that her husband "chased after him into the yard," the sheriff's office said in a statement to the local NBC affiliate.

Ziegler reportedly went outside with a shotgun and fired at the boy as he attempted to flee.

He was found guilty of assault with attempt to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At his arraignment, Ziegler said he was innocent and that there was "a lot more to this story than what is being told." He said he grabbed his shotgun because he believed he was being robbed, and that the weapon went off accidentally when he tripped.

Local police say security footage of the incident shows Ziegler clearly aimed at the teenager.