An autopsy on a 19-year-old woman allegedly killed by a homeowner on a suburban Detroit porch – where she had reportedly gone to seek help after a car crash – confirmed that she died of a gunshot wound to her face.
Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was fatally shot Nov. 2 in predominantly white Dearborn Heights.
Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying that McBride, a black woman, was targeted because of her race.
The homeowner, who has not been publicly named, has told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and that he accidentally discharged his shotgun.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office report, released Monday, said McBride's death was a homicide.
Prosecutors said they were reviewing the case and deciding whether to charge the homeowner, a 54-year-old man.
Messages seeking comment were left with police and the homeowner's attorney.
The Associated Press