A family vacation turned grisly when an American tourist was robbed and shot on Providenciales, an island in Turks and Caicos.
Police responded to the shooting at Grace Bay at around 1:43 a.m. Friday, ABC News reported.
The victim, Kevin Newman, who is from Alabama, was visiting the island with his wife and son when he was shot in the abdomen.
He was first taken to a local hospital but was medically evacuated to a Florida hospital, where he’s being treated.
Newman remains in serious condition, according to police.
Authorities are investigating the robbery. No arrests have been made.
A bullet struck Newman’s inferior vena cava, right kidney vein, and exited his body through his back, his wife, Tiffany Newman said, ABC reported.
“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,” Tiffany said.
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force has increased its presence in the area where the shooting occurred and on other parts of the islands, ABC reported.
“The shooting of the visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands is condemned, and my team are working tirelessly to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. I know this incident will cause concern in the community,” acting commissioner of police Trevor Botting said Saturday.
“We need our communities’ eyes and ears to help us keep the islands safe,” he said.
“I would ask that people remain alert and vigilant but not alarmed.”