Marine shot, another robbed; manhunt continues

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three suspects are still at large after one shot a military veteran in the face. The suspects may now be linked to another crime involving another Marine.

Ralph Tackett, 49, is recovering from a gunshot to the face at a hospital as the manhunt for the people who put him there continues. The incident happened Saturday morning when he heard a crash outside his home.

His Marine instincts to help kicked in. Tackett drove to the crash to help the injured; instead he was reportedly shot by one of three men.

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"It's pretty shocking, it's also a little sad. You have people who try to do the right thing and help out and then to be rewarded in that way, it's pretty upsetting," said Josh Hastings.

Hastings, 27, is another marine and also a victim.

"I got back around 8 o'clock and within that four or five hour window it was taken," says Hastings as he described the time his car was stolen right outside of his Westside home.

At around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Hastings noticed his silver Grand Prix was gone and with it his 8-month-old's car seat and stroller.

"We've been pretty lucky. We have really good friends and family," said Hastings. "We were able to borrow a car seat."

But that wasn't the worst of it. Hastings says his car was suddenly all over the news after it was crashed on Fort Caroline Road. It became even more serious when Hastings learned the people who stole his car shot a Marine in the face and then took off with his vehicle.

"It's really sad. I'm sorry that happened to him. I hope he gets better but I hope it doesn't change his attitude, the mindset he had to go out and help somebody," added Hastings.

Now both families are asking anyone who saw the three men in the silver Grand Prix or Tackett's white Pontiac, which was later recovered on Tarpon Court, to call police.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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