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First Coast News viewers reach out to help cab driver shot on the job

5:45 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Cab driver Carlton James Jr. is recovering at home after he was shot three times while on the job

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The story of the Jacksonville cab driver who nearly lost his life over $30 has struck a chord with First Coast News viewers and now they are reaching out to help.

"I just want to say thank you very much, thank you for your prayers and anything that can be done to help me out right now," said Carlton James Jr., 42, the cab driver who was shot over a week ago.  

James is extremely grateful after hearing that our viewers have been touched by his story. After his story aired on First Coast News Sunday night, emails offering donations started coming immediately after word that James had picked up a two person fare and was shot three times in a robbery on the Northside. 

James says the most difficult thing for him right now, not working and not having insurance, is getting his prescriptions. He was in the hospital for a week, had surgery, and already expects large medical bills, but right now he's trying to recover.

A good samaritan of Jacksonville, Shannon Kelso wrote, " I felt it was my duty as a Christian to reach out and to show him that there are good people in this world willing to help another in a time of need. I do not have much to give but what little I can give may just be enough to get him some groceries or even assist with paying a utility bill."  

Another good samaritan who wants to remain anonymous said, "I could instantly tell this is an honest, good man doing his level best to get by who was the victim of a senseless crime. For what? $30 bucks? A cab fare? The desperation in his eyes was heart-breaking.  This is a man who truly deserves the support of his community." 

James is a single-parent to a teenager and is now healing from the gunshot wounds from the robbery, a fractured rib, and partial lung collapse he received when he jumped out of the moving cab trying to survive. He says even though he's down, people have motivated him to keep doing what he loves, once he has fully recovered.  

"I thought about it all night last night and as soon as I can get back on my feet I'm going to keep going," James said.

James has set up a donation fund at Bank of America. The account number is 898007262545. You can either donate at the branch or make a deposit online at BankofAmerica.com.

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