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Twentynine Palms cpl. shot in head after fight

Dec. 13, 2012 - 03:59PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 - 03:59PM  |  
Cpl. Craig Maddy
Cpl. Craig Maddy ()
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DESERT HOT SPRINGS — The Marine who was shot in Desert Hot Springs was last week was struck in the back of the head "in cold blood" after a fight in downtown Palm Springs, investigators said Thursday.

During the hourlong press conference, Desert Hot Springs police released more details about the shooting and the Marine's parents spoke to media to generate tips about his shooter.

Cpl. Craig Maddy and his friends, who are also Marines, got into a "physical altercation in downtown Palm Springs," Sgt. Brian Link said. He did not release more specifics.

Their car was chased down Indian Canyon Drive by at least one person in a light-colored SUV early Dec. 6.

Someone fired at the car from the SUV with a rifle, striking Maddy in the back of the head, Link said. His friends pulled him from the back seat and tried CPR and packing the wound while waiting for paramedics.

No one in the vehicle with Maddy was armed, Link said.

Maddy remains in serious condition in an intensive care unit at an unspecified hospital. Doctors have told his family he is unlikely to survive.

"I refuse to believe that," his mother, Vandi Frame, said. "I don't care what form he's alive in. He's alive, and that's what's important for me."

Frame called her son a smart man with strong leadership skills who was meritoriously promoted in boot camp to private first class.

Maddy's parents worried that their son would be unfairly blamed for the shooting because he had been in a fight earlier in the night.

"No matter the circumstance, no one should be chased down and gunned down," his stepfather, John Arnold, said. "This is not a video game."

Raised in Texas, Maddy spoke about joining the Marine Corps since he was 3 years old, his mother said. He has four step-siblings, two of whom are in the Army and Navy.

He has served with the Marines for three years and four months, including a six-month deployment to Okinawa Japan in late 2010 with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Maddy deployed to Afghanistan on in April 2012 and returned Oct. 2012.

He was scheduled to move into the reserves in April, and intended to enroll in college to study finance, his parents said.

Cpl. Maddy has received the following awards and decorations: Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal — International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Desert Sun reporter Denise Goolsby contributed to this report.

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