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Area man recuperating following shooting

Monday, October 22, 2007

Joshua Light, who was shot three times and left for dead along the banks of Sugar Creek in Montgomery County recently is recuperating from the injuries that doctors believe will paralyze him for the rest of his life.

“Joshua is a fighter, but right now, he’s had the wind knocked out of him,” Joshua’s mother, Debbie Waymire, said Friday afternoon during an interview at The Brazil Times. “He’s not taking the news or prospect of being paralyzed for the rest of his life so good right now.”

Light, 23, Brazil, was visiting a girlfriend in Crawfordsville last weekend when a man he had only met a couple of times before woke him with a gun around 4:30 a.m. Chad Brock, Light’s girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend who was allegedly drunk and angry, entered the house while the couple were sleeping.

Waymire said that Joshua tried to talk to him calmly and they went outside because, “Joshua didn’t want any trouble because there were kids in the house.”

According to a statement Light provided authorities, Brock allegedly forced Light into a car and drove away from the house to an area near Sugar Creek in Montgomery County. When Brock stopped the car, he ordered Light out.

According to Light, Brock allegedly said, “I want to see what kind of man you're made of,” before he shot Light in the face.

“The bullet went in through the right side of Joshua’s nose and rolled along his skull to his jaw line. He lost some teeth when it hit his jaw,” Waymire said,

As Light fell and rolled down a hill toward the creek, Brock allegedly fired another shot at him, hitting Light in the back. The bullet lodged next to his spine.

“When he landed in the water, he just stayed there for a while, hoping Brock had left,” Waymire said. “But when he tried to crawl out of the water, Brock shot him again in the right shoulder.”

Waymire said her son worried that Brock would return to the house and kill his girlfriend and her children.

“He was scared to death,” she said. “The only thing he could think to do was to play dead and hope to not get shot again.”

Unable to move, Light laid in the water for more than nine hours until a young boy, who was out walking his dog, heard him cry out for help. The unknown boy ran home and got his father, who was a first responder, to help.

“The man ran back with a blanket and his radio, calling for help. He covered Joshua with the blanket and laid on top of him to get him warm because he was going into shock and hyperthermia,” Waymire said. “The paramedics said if they hadn’t found him when they did, or done what they did, Joshua would have died out there. I’d like to meet those two people one day and say ‘thank you.’ By the grace of God they found him, Joshua’s alive because of them.”

Taken to the Crawfordsville St. Claire Hospital, Light was later transported to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, where doctors informed family members the injuries were so severe that removing the bullets could cause more damage.

Without insurance to cover the ever-growing medical costs, Waymire said a bank account has been set up for her son at First Financial Bank under “Joshua Light’s Medical Fund.”

“The support of family and friends will help Joshua through this,” Waymire said, adding that her son has been moved to another medical facility to recuperate from his injuries because there is a lingering fear for her son’s life.

“This has brought our family together. We don’t want him to give up,” Waymire said.

Diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Waymire admits her son is not an angel and has made a few bad choices in life.

“Joshua’s had a rough life, but this has him reassessing his life,” she said. “All this has affected our whole family, it’s got us all thinking.”

Chad A. Brock, 30, Crawfordsville, was arrested and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail with no bond on several preliminary charges. He was preliminarily charged with three Class A felonies (including attempted murder, burglary, kidnapping), two Class B felonies (aggravated battery and confinement) and one Class D felony charge (residential entry).

Waymire prays that Joshua will find hope for the future, but has a different prayer for the man who has caused so much grief for her family.

“Driving up to Indianapolis Saturday night, I was in complete shock. I didn’t know if Joshua would make it, if he’d live or die. I don’t want him to give up, but to deal with what has happened and live his life one day at a time,” she said. “But I can’t help but hope and pray that Brock gets what he has coming to him.”

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hello all.

my best friend was the kid that found joshua light in sugar creek. A bunch of my friends are trying to get the hero whos name i will not yet mention and joshua to reunite when joshua recovers. We have been e-mailing oprah and other shows to try to get them on there. Any help anybody has to offer would be awesome. Thank you.

-- Posted by corbin_09 on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 7:33 PM

i find the comment from corbin_09 to be disrespectful to the family of the other person involved.could you please remove that comment to the story until after the other person goes to trial.wait till after the "whole"story evolves please.thank you

-- Posted by arnis1 on Tue, Nov 6, 2007, at 9:02 AM

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