CRIME

Turks and Caicos shooting: Alabama man recovering in Florida hospital

A dad from Alabama who was shot and severely injured during a robbery while on vacation in the Caribbean was slowly recovering in Florida, his family said Monday.

Kevin Newman was put in a medically induced coma before crews flew him from Turks and Caicos back to the United States. Newman was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale hospital in critical condition. He is still in serious condition and has been receiving blood transfusions to make up for the blood loss.

The shooting, which unfolded around 2 a.m. Friday is under investigation. "He seems to have a VERY clear memory of what happened to him and I can only imagine the terror of this ordeal," his wife, Tiffany, posted on Facebook Monday, adding that doctors had taken him off a ventilator.

Police have made no arrests, ABC News reported. The bullet hit his abdomen and went out through his back, according to his wife.

“A criminal act, whether against a resident or visitor, is never something taken lightly and there is a heightened and concentrated effort to identify the individual(s) responsible,” said a statement released by the Turks and Caicos Ministry of Tourism. “The safety of all those on these islands is always our top priority and remains as such. The Ministry of Tourism is in complete cooperation with our acting police commissioner who has increased visible security.”

A member of the tourist board stayed with his wife until her husband, from Smiths Station, Ala., could be flown back to the U.S.

Tiffany Newman wrote earlier, “Words can’t begin to express how thankful we are to each and every person that has given anything to our family. This has been so traumatic, but it has also been so comforting knowing we have so much love, support, and prayers for us.”

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A friend of the family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Kevin’s emergency $15,000 flight home. The fundraising goal was met almost immediately and is continuing to raise money. The additional funds will go towards the family’s medical expenses.

Kevin and Tiffany’s son, Gavin, flew home safely after his parents left the island.