Family of Marine Shot in Desert Hot Springs Asks for Witnesses
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The family of a young combat Marine is asking for the public's help to catch the person who shot their son in Desert Hot Springs.
Corporal Craig Maddy was shot last week in a vehicle on Indian Canyon near I-10.
21-year-old Corporal Craig Maddy just returned in October from deployment in Afghanistan.
Last week, he was shot in the back of the head.
He lived, but doctors told his mother it is a non-recoverable wound.
"So many things have been taken away from him, and he was supposed to get out soon and he wanted to go to college," said Maddy's mother, Vandi Frame.
Corporal Craig Maddy always wanted to be a Marine.
He served his country as a squad leader and machine gunner in Afghanistan.
"He's our son, and he's an American hero, and he deserves better than this," said Maddy's stepfather, John Arnold.
Maddy returned from deployment in October and was stationed in Twentynine Palms.
"He just bought his first car, he barely had a chance to drive it, DeAnna is the first girlfriend he's ever had in his life, and they just told each other they loved each other," said Frame.
But now Maddy's loved ones sit by his hospital bed, and hold on to hope.
"He's a young man who had a bright future ahead of him," said Arnold.
"He's my golden boy," said Frame.
Here's what police say happened.
"It was during the early morning hours of December 6th, Craig Maddy, an active member of the US Marine Corps was shot in cold blood in the area of the I-10 and Indian Canyon," said Commander Dan Bressler with Desert Hot Springs Police Department.
Police say Maddy was with Marine Corps friends in Palm Springs when a fight broke out.
They drove away, but they were followed by a light-colored SUV.
"As the suspect drove away, up behind Maddy's vehicle, an unknown person opened fire, with a high caliber rifle, striking Maddy's vehicle and Maddy who was seated in the right rear seat," said Sgt. Brian Link with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.
Doctors told Maddy's mother his wound is non-recoverable.
"I refuse to believe that, I see evidence with my own eyes, but its a mother's heart that sees that," said Frame.
Police say they know there are witnesses, and they need to come forward for the family of this combat Marine who served his country.
"And I realize that the perpetrator being brought to justice won't make my son wake up, won't make him be able to recognize me, but it will help me because right now I'm so scared that person is out on the street," said Frame.
Corporal Craig Maddy is a decorated Marine; he has nine awards including a combat action ribbon and service medals.
If you have any information about this crime you are urged to call Desert Hot Springs Police or Crimestoppers at 760-341-STOP.