White couple arrested after shooting black family

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White couple arrested after at least one handgun was fired at a black woman and her daughters in a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said on Thursday.

Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were charged with aggravated assault during the incident on Wednesday, said Oakland County attorney Jessica Cooper.

The confrontation was recorded on a cell phone video.

Takelia Hill, who is black, told the Detroit Free Press that her daughter asked Wuestenberg to apologize after meeting her outside a Chipotle in the township of Orion, about 40 miles l outside of Detroit, but Wuestenberg started shouting at him instead.

Eric Peter Wuestenberg and Jillian Deanne Wuestenberg
(Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

Wuestenberg gets into his car after tense round trips which included accusations of racism. Her husband, who was still outside the car, said, “Who are you, do you think you guys are?” One of the girls accuses him of being “racist” and “ignorant” and he returns to the car.

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“You can’t just just treat white people as racists,” says Jillian Wuestenberg from the passenger seat. “White people are not racist … I care about you. ”

As their car pulls back, Hill slaps on the rear window. She later told Detroit News that she thought the driver was going to hit them.

Wuestenberg then jumps and shoots a pistol at the family and shouts for them to “get the f – back!” ”

One of the girls is calling someone to call the police.

Wuestenberg then lowers the gun, climbs into the passenger seat and the vehicle starts.

“So this is America,” Hill wrote on Facebook. “I have never seen a gun out of my life. … I have never felt so helpless in my life that I am so shaken. ”

“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances where temperament is very present, by and large, not really an incident,” said Cooper of the first alleged spark that sparked the confrontation.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the sheriff’s office had received threatening calls from “picking sides” on the incident.

“We don’t see the sides. We are seeing the facts, ”he said. “There is a lot of tension in our society, a lot of tension between people and people between them. I would just say this, we are asking and expecting our police – and rightly so – to de-escalate every possible situation, and we should do it. But I would say that it has to happen with us individually in our own lives and situations, that we interact with each other and devalue those moments. ”

MPs seized two handguns in the Wuestenbergs during their detention Wednesday evening. Both have hidden port permits.

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It is not known if the Wuestenbergs have a lawyer who can comment on them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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