AL man remains in medically-induced coma following robbery, shooting in Turks and Caicos

(L-R) Kevin, Tiffany, and Gavin (Source: WTVM/Family of Kevin Newman)
(L-R) Kevin, Tiffany, and Gavin (Source: WTVM/Family of Kevin Newman)

(WTVM) - An East Alabama man has been robbed and shot while on vacation abroad.

Family members of Smiths Station resident, Kevin Newman, tells News Leader 9 he was found shot near the resort he was staying at with his wife and son.

Kevin, his wife Tiffany, and son Gavin were vacationing in Turks and Caicos which nephew Michael McEachern says was on his bucket list.

Michael says Kevin is like a second dad to him and the thought of possibly losing his father figure in his life is unimaginable.

"I think I'd tell him how I actually feel about him because I never had that chance to," says McEachern.

According to Tiffany, authorities say Kevin was found shot on a nearby street near the resort after he went looking for his son Gavin, who Kevin thought had wondered outside of the resort.

Medical help soon found Kevin in critical condition.

The family says that a bullet grazed Kevin's liver and that he has had his kidney removed since the shooting.

After multiple successful surgeries, family members say Kevin is currently in a medically-induced coma.

He and his wife, Tiffany Newman, have since landed at a Naples, Florida hospital, where he was life flighted from Turks and Caicos.

Tiffany released the following statement concerning her husband and expressing her gratitude to those who have shown support:

"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 (I accidentally posted this before I was finished), but it has also been so comforting knowing we have so much love, support, and prayers for us. I want to let everyone know what is happening to try to ease your minds. We were initially told by our resort security he had been shot 3 times so we conveyed that info to family. We later found out there was only one shot that entered his abdomen and exited from his back. It caused damage to his liver, but the main issue was that it hit his inferior vena cava and right kidney vein. He lost a very large amount of blood so he received lots of transfusions yesterday. The surgeon also had to remove his right kidney and his left kidney function is being monitored closely. According to his doctor it isn't functioning as well as it should due to the blood loss he suffered. He was confident it would slowly return to normal though. He is stable and still on the ventilator, but I'm praying he will continue to improve and they will be able to wean him off soon. His vitals are better today and they are giving him excellent care. I am so thankful and relieved he is here! I will try to give more info when I can and just ask for continued prayers. Again, thank you all so very much from the bottom of our hearts!!!!"

Kevin's son, Gavin, is still in Turks and Caicos at the U.S. Embassy waiting to fly back to Atlanta sometime Saturday evening.

Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism has released the following statement on the incident:

"We are shocked and saddened regarding the incident that occurred on one of our islands, in the early morning of June 23, involving a visitor to the destination. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers while doctors continue to monitor his recovery."

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