DALLAS - In what friends and family are calling a miracle, Justin Brazil, 24, who was shot in the head during a road rage incident along Highway 380 in Collin County, is now walking and talking. He's even joking around with friends.
The outlook was not good when Brazil was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Doctors tried to remove the bullet in his brain, but decided against it, because removing it would have more damage to good tissue.
Brazil remained in a coma for several days, before showing signs of life by blinking an eye and squeezing the hand of a family member on command.
A day later, he told his fiance he loved her.
Now the former semi-pro football player is walking and talking. Brazil played for the North Texas Lightning. His miraculous recovery is no surprise to his teammates, who described Brazil as a fighter.
Brazil, who is engaged and a father and stepfather to four daughters, was able to spend Christmas in the hospital with his family by his side.
Brazil was the passenger in a vehicle that was hit by gunfire along Highway 380 in the town of Princeton, east of McKinney. Police said driver of the vehicle Brazil was riding in cut off another vehicle in McKinney. That led to occupants of both cars throwing things at one another as they drove 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. The alleged shooter was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.