Charges Upgraded to Murder After Strip Shooting Victim Dies

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The charges against 22-year-old Zachary Profozich were upgraded to murder after the death of the man shot Friday morning near the Strip.

Profozich is accused of shooting 19-year-old Schuyler Bradley, who died at DCH Regional Medical Center early Saturday.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Commander Capt. Jack Kennedy said Profozich was charged with one count of murder and was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He was originally charged with attempted murder and placed in jail on a $60,000 bond and was on release at the time the charges were upgraded.

“This appears to have occurred as a chance encounter on the sidewalk,” Kennedy said. “A verbal altercation erupted and led to this.”

Neither man was a University of Alabama student.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said incidents like this are always disturbing.

“It’s just another senseless use of a firearm to solve a dispute that shouldn’t even be happening in the first place,” Maddox said. “It is maddening to think that we jeopardizing someone’s life over something that doesn’t even matter.

Several students said they understand the shooting was random and are not fearful of something like this happening again.

“I just try not to walk alone at night. I feel safe,” Jordan Stratton said.

Investigators said there is no reason to believe that there is any ongoing threat to the Strip or university area as a result of this incident.

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