Road rage victim unconscious; family has questions

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by SUSY SOLIS

WFAA

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 19 at 12:27 AM

Here is the latest information on the Collin County road rage incident this weekend that left a semi-pro football player and Farmersville father fighting for his life.

Justin Brazil, 24, was the passenger in a vehicle that was hit by gunfire Friday night. It happened along Highway 380 in the town of Princeton, east of McKinney.

Brazil was being driven by his best friend of 10 years, Joe Cumpian. He and Brazil's family are demanding answers from police, asking why the man who fired several shots at their vehicle hasn't been charged with attempted murder.

Justin Brazil remained unconscious at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas Sunday following Friday night's road rage incident along Highway 380 that ended in gunfire.

Joe Cumpian, the driver of the Ford Taurus in which Brazil was a passenger, told News 8 he was too emotional to speak on camera, but said he's praying his best friend will recover.

Police said Cumpian cut off another vehicle in McKinney. That led to occupants of both cars throwing things at one another as they drove east toward Princeton.

Investigators said the second driver, Bobby Carl Schule, then fired off at least seven rounds from a handgun. One bullet hit Brazil in the head.

Brazil played semi-pro football with the North Texas Lightning, and teammates like Lawrence Hillard filled the hospital on Sunday.

"He's a fighter," Hillard said. "He's a strong guy. He has a strong supporting cast with his family, his fiancé, and the team. "We are praying; we are going to fight with him."

Hillard visited with Brazil's fiancé at the hospital Sunday and told us she is devastated.

"She's strong. She's also a warrior, so she's holding up," Hillard said.

Brazil's condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Sunday. While friends say there's a long road ahead, they remain hopeful their colleague will get better.

"I hope they can get through Christmas with some good results from Justin, because I know Justin would want them to have a great Christmas," Hillard said. "Prayers do work, so with all the prayers  and all the support, he's going to pull through, and we are praying for the family to have strength."

Schule, the alleged gunman, remains in the Collin County Jail charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Princeton police Chief James Waters said Schule can't be charged with attempted murder because they are not confident they can prove intent in this particular case.

Friends of the shooting victim said they are planning a vigil in Farmersville on Thursday night.

 

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