DALLAS — The family of that Collin County road rage shooting victim has a fresh reason for hope.
Justin Brazil, 24, showed signs of life Monday after being unconscious since he was shot in the head last Friday in the town of Princeton, 10 miles east of McKinney.
"He opened his right eye, just for a little while," said Brian Brazil, the victim's cousin, who is acting as a spokesman for the family. "He squeezed upon command, which is good. That's on the right side of his body. The left side is still pretty swollen. We're not really sure about the functionality on that side yet. It's progress — a very, very small step, but any step is good."
Doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas were unable to remove the bullet embedded in Brazil's head. Because of the extent of his injury, Brazil's two daughters and two stepdaughters haven't seen their dad since the shooting.
"The wound itself is breathing, so it's not covered — so it's pretty hard to look," Brian Brazil said. "I don't think they obviously want them to be around that. We've got some really, really good friends and family that are staying with the kids."
The girls will spend the holidays without their father, who was working two jobs to raise money for Christmas presents.
"For that to all be taken away from them because of one person's stupidity, it does cause a lot of anger," said Brian Brazil.
Bobby Carl Schule, 46, was jailed and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Princeton police said he admitted to the shooting.
The Brazil family has been overwhelmed with an outpouring of support.
The Justin Brazil Family Fund has been set up at the First National Bank of Trenton for those who wish to donate, and the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department is accepting children's gifts and donations on behalf of the Brazil family.
A prayer vigil is scheduled for Thursday, December 22 in the downtown Farmersville square.