âJoshua is a fighter, but right now, heâs had the wind knocked out of him,â Joshuaâs mother, Debbie Waymire, said Friday afternoon during an interview at The Brazil Times. âHeâs not taking the news or prospect of being paralyzed for the rest of his life so good right now.â
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, Lightâs girlfriendâs 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, âJoshua didnât want any trouble because there were kids in the house.â
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, âI want to see what kind of man you're made of,â before he shot Light in the face.
âThe bullet went in through the right side of Joshuaâs nose and rolled along his skull to his jaw line. He lost some teeth when it hit his jaw,â 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.
âWhen he landed in the water, he just stayed there for a while, hoping Brock had left,â Waymire said. âBut when he tried to crawl out of the water, Brock shot him again in the right shoulder.â
Waymire said her son worried that Brock would return to the house and kill his girlfriend and her children.
âHe was scared to death,â she said. âThe only thing he could think to do was to play dead and hope to not get shot again.â
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.
âThe 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,â Waymire said. âThe paramedics said if they hadnât found him when they did, or done what they did, Joshua would have died out there. Iâd like to meet those two people one day and say âthank you.â By the grace of God they found him, Joshuaâs alive because of them.â
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 âJoshua Lightâs Medical Fund.â
âThe support of family and friends will help Joshua through this,â 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 sonâs life.
âThis has brought our family together. We donât want him to give up,â 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.
âJoshuaâs had a rough life, but this has him reassessing his life,â she said. âAll this has affected our whole family, itâs got us all thinking.â
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.
âDriving up to Indianapolis Saturday night, I was in complete shock. I didnât know if Joshua would make it, if heâd live or die. I donât want him to give up, but to deal with what has happened and live his life one day at a time,â she said. âBut I canât help but hope and pray that Brock gets what he has coming to him.â