Road-rage shooting victim has brain damage


by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 7:18 PM

HARRIS COUNTY – A man could be mentally impaired the rest of his left after a road-rage fight and his family is angry because the other driver has not been charged.

“I just want my son to back 100 percent himself,” said Velma Harrell, whose son Gary is recovering in a hospital.

Harrell’s son looks like the man she raised.  However, he talks like a child. He’s unable to speak clearly while he battles brain damage caused by a fight.

“I can’t say I’m mad at the person who did it,” Harrell said.  “I’m angry and hurt because my son has to go through something over such a little petty stuff.”

Last month, Gary picked up his cousin, Jasmine, in his mother’s car.  Jasmine said someone cut them off.  Investigators said the other driver was rear ended.  Gary hit a curb.  The drivers argued from inside their cars.  After traffic separated them for a few minutes, Gary’s car pulled beside the other man.  They exchanged words until Gary pepper-sprayed the other driver.

“(Gary) was scared,” Jasmine Harrell said.  “He was scared because he thought we were going to get into a wreck.”

Instead, what happened next changed his life.

“It was kind of surreal,” Harrell said.  “I heard pow, pow, pow.”

The other driver shot Gary in the head, wrist and finger.  Most troubling to loved ones is what has happened since.  Nearly a month after the shooting, it’s unclear who if anyone will be charged.  The Harrell family said they can’t get any information from authorities.

“We’ve heard from no one,” Jasmine Harrell said.

“That makes me think no one cares,” said Velma Harrell.

Off camera, a spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the case and all evidence went to grand jury for examination.  So far, no one is facing charges.

“I understand Gary was in the wrong for spraying the pepper spray, I do understand that,” Jasmine Harrell said.  “But, like I said from the start, (the other driver) was the aggressor.”