(CBS) -The attorney representing the family of a Detroit teenager who was
According to attorney Gerald Thurswell, McBride hit a parked car and "sustained bruises and lacerations" late Nov. 1 or early Nov. 2. Thurswell said that he spoke with people at a home near the scene of the accident who told him they came outside to help McBride and found her bleeding from the head.
"She kept telling them, 'I want to go home, I want to go home,'" he said.
Thurswell said that the neighbor went into her home to call 911, and when she came back outside and saw McBride was gone, got in her car to look for her - but couldn't track her down. Thurswell said McBride, whose cell phone was apparently dead, likely wandered the neighborhood for about an hour.
"She knocked on several doors and no one answered," said Thurswell.
The one man who did come to the door, apparently came armed with a shotgun. McBride was shot in the face and died on the man's front porch.
Police have said the man, who has not been identified but is reportedly 54-years-old, told them
Cheryl Carpenter, the attorney representing the homeowner, told The Detroit News that the shooting was "justified."
"I'm confident when the evidence comes it will show that my client was justified and acted as a reasonable person would who was in fear for his life," Carpenter said.
Thurswell said that explanation sounds implausible.
"If he was in fear for his safety he could have called 911," he said. "He decided to open the door, go out on the porch and put a shotgun in her face...It's pretty hard for it to be an accident: your finger is on the trigger and the shotgun is in her face."
Thurswell said that he has confidence that police and prosecutors will thoroughly investigate the case and file "appropriate charges."
"We don't want a rush to judgment," he told Crimesider.
Thurswell said that McBride graduated from Southfield High School in 2012 and was working full-time at an auto plant and living at home with her mother at the time of her death.