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Suspected gunman in fatal shooting of IU student granted permission to leave Alabama; Bradley’s funeral is Saturday

Update: October 25, 2020. Schuyler Bradley was unarmed when he was allegedly shot by Zachary Profozich according to the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.


Zachary Profozich, 22, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Indiana University student Schuyler Bradley, 19, was granted permission Tuesday to leave Alabama by Judge James E. Gentry, of the District Court of Tuscaloosa County. Profozich posted a 150,000-dollar bond last Saturday.

Court documents obtained by The Bloomingtonian indicate Profozich intends live with his parents in Orange County, California. No city of residence was listed for Profozich’s parents in California, but the document said Profozich is no longer employed in Alabama.

Profozich’s preliminary hearing was October 20th. Profozich has retained criminal defense attorney Mary Angela Turner of Turner Law Group in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Profozich, who used a .357 revolver to shoot and kill Bradley told police he believed he was reaching for a gun. Bradley, who was shot below his diaphragm was placed in a medically induced coma and died Saturday, October 17 at 2:15 a.m. A few hours later, Profozich, was free on bond.

A statement from the investigation on the charge sheet reads:

 “On 10/16/20 at 1:30 AM, Zachary Profozich, shot Schuyler Bradley, below his diaphragm with a 357 revolver. Bradley was transported from the scene to DCH regional and entered surgery. After surgery medical staff advised he will be in a medically induced comatose state until further surgeries can be completed. His injuries were considered life threatening. Griffin Ridgeway, a witness, was the Profozich during the incident and advised that Profozich shot his revolver during the incident. Ridgeway stated that after the incident Profozich told him he shot the victim because he believed he was reaching for a gun. Thomas Wahlstron and Mitchell Cross both stated they were with the victim during the incident and observed a white male in dark clothing shoot the victim after a brief argument. Video footage was found in the area showing the suspect and Ridgeway walking toward the victim, Walhstron, and Cross. The video shows Ridgeway and Profozich running from the scene after the victim falls to the ground next to Cross and Walhstron. Ridgeway took VCU investigators to the location where Profozich told him he left the firearm and it was recovered. On 10/17/20 at 2:125 AM the victim was pronounced dead at the DCH Regional by Dr. Antionette.”

Profozich was arrested on the charge of murder on October 17th. He lived at 127 22nd Ave N.E., in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Meanwhile, Bradley’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, according to AL.Com, who quoted his father as saying, “”His father, Ghiche Bradley Sr., said he was shot protecting someone else. He was with a group of friends on the Strip when it happened. “My child was a protector growing up. He always was like this,” he told AL.com. “He did the very same act standing up when friends were being picked on.”

“I’m not sure if racial tension that’s going on all overplayed a part, but I am at a loss for the world we live in,” he said. “It’s not my neighborhood. Not yours. It’s everyone’s. Everywhere. This world has a problem,” said Ghiche.

The funeral will be at Cathedral High School. More information is provided on the school’s Facebook page:

“Visitation for Schuyler is Saturday, October 24, from noon until 3:00 in the Welch Activity Center at Cathedral High School. The Celebration of Life Service will follow from 3:00 until 5:00.”

Cathedral High School is mourning the loss of our former student/forever friend, Schuyler Bradley. Schuyler attended…

Posted by Cathedral High School on Thursday, October 22, 2020

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