The young man shot on the Strip in Tuscaloosa early Friday – an Indiana University student – has died and charges against the suspect have now been upgraded.
Authorities announced the death of 19-year-Schuyler Bradley. He died early Saturday at DCH Regional Medical Center.
The shooting happened at 1:32 a.m. Friday in the 1700 block of University Boulevard on The Strip. When police arrived on the scene, they found Bradley critically wounded.
Investigators worked throughout the night locating evidence and witnesses. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Jack Kennedy said a suspect was developed early Friday morning and was then located and detained.
The suspect, 22-year-old Zachary Profozich, was initially charged with one count of attempted murder. On Saturday, authorities upgraded the charge against Profozich to murder. He was released from jail Saturday after posting $150,000 bond.
It appears, Kennedy said, that the victim and suspect were involved in an argument that led to the shooting. The two men did not know each other, and neither were University of Alabama students.
Bradley was a college student at Indiana University, a scholar athlete who was slated to graduate in 2023. He was also a member of the Acacia Fraternity and had graduated from high school in 2019 in Indianapolis where he played quarterback and wide receiver.
He was in Tuscaloosa visiting friends for the weekend football game. His fraternity on an Instagram post described Bradley as an “extraordinary human, brother, friend and son.”
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 over played 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.”
A GoFundMe established to help Bradley’s family has already raised more than $42,000. “Schuyler passed around 2 am 10/17/20 wrapped in his mother’s arms with his big brother by his side,” the fundraising post reads. “He is so so loved and that shows in all of the support his family has received.”