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Cab driver's mother speaks out about shooting

9:32 PM, Jan 13, 2013   |    comments
Police say a Checker Cab driver was robbed and shot while on the job
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla---A cab driver robbed and shot while on the job is recovering at Shands hospital and his mother speaks out about the incident.

"I've always told him, I said when you pick up somebody you look at them good and make sure they, you know, you pick up somebody that you know they are not going to try and hurt you," said Theresa James.

James says her son, 42-year-old Carlton James, was shot three times in the shoulder. Police say Saturday night James picked up two people in Northside Jacksonville and on his way down west 19th street at Myrtle he was robbed and shot. The cab veered off the road and crashed into a fence, the suspects fled.

"He helped the detectives to try to help find the guy [shooter], they found the gun, but they haven't found the guy," said James' mother.

She says James has been driving taxis for Checker Cab for two years and nothing like this has ever happened. Her family already suffered gun violence, she says five years ago her 26-year-old son was shot and killed.

"He didn't tell me that he had been shot or nothing because he knew I would have fallen apart so he didn't tell me until after we were on our way to the hospital then he told me," said James' mother.

James is scheduled to have surgery on Monday for injuries related to the incident, but his mother says he is doing well.

Checker Cab says in light of the shooting dispatchers are going to begin taking down more information from callers to have a way to identify them in case something like this happens again. They also said they are no longer taking calls from pay phones.

The Checker Cab company says it has about 100 to 120 drivers and usually the company avoids certain areas where there have been problems before.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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