Road rage victim recovering after shooting

Family urges others to avoid confrontation on the roadways

SAN ANTONIO - Road rage has serious, sometimes fatal implications. 

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A local family knows that all too well, after one of its member was shot in the head twice in a situation that got out of control.

Jacques Gonzales, 41, should in all probability not be alive today. Gonzales was standing in his mother's front yard in May when he yelled at a passing motorist for speeding on the street.

Police said the man driving that truck, Adolf Suarez, 57, then got out and shot Gonzales three times. 

Miraculously, Gonzales survived and continues to get better.

"He's still going through a lot of therapy and it wears him out, but he seems to get stronger everyday," said Dottie Dugosh, Gonzales' sister.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said we all see road rage happen, but it's a difficult crime to prevent because of its reactionary nature.

He said that everyone can do something, however, to prevent road rage incidents from turning violent.

"You can give the right of way, slow down, back off, change lanes, or do whatever you need to do to avoid a road rage situation," said McManus.

The Gonzales family said they hope other can learn from their tragedy, and think before reacting violently.

"Picture someone hurting your family," said Dugosh.  "How are you going to feel when it happens to your brother, your mother, your sister, your dad, or your children?"


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