(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:
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: