American tourist vacationing in Turks and Caicos shot in armed robbery, medically evacuated

The 57-year-old American had to be medically evacuated to the United States.

— -- An American tourist vacationing with his family in Turks and Caicos had to be medically evacuated to Florida after he was shot during an armed burglary Friday night.

A spokesperson for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that a partner in the firm, Mike Jones, was shot.

"Mike Jones, a partner in our Washington, D.C., office, was shot during a burglary while on vacation with his family," the firm said. "Mike was treated successfully and is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his family, and we look forward to welcoming him back after his recovery."

Jones was later medically evacuated to the United States and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where he was listed in stable condition Sunday morning, hospital spokesperson Lourdes Rodriguez told ABC News.

At least one of the suspects was confronted by Jones inside the home and then a shot was fired.

"What we don't know is why a shot was discharged, what led up to that shot being discharged," Smith told ABC News.

The suspects fled the scene soon after with a laptop they had pilfered from the home. They remain at large. Investigators are reviewing footage from security cameras in the villa in hopes of identifying the suspects, Smith said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture said it is aware of the incident but urged residents and visitors not to be alarmed.

A biography for Jones on Kirkland & Ellis’s website describes him as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown University.

The shooting comes just five weeks after another American tourist was shot in Turks and Caicos. On June 23, Kevin Newman of Alabama was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the Grace Bay of Providenciales while vacationing with his wife and son. Newman, who was seriously injured, was taken to a local hospital, but had to be medically evacuated to the United States for further treatment.

Turks and Caicos Islands Gov. John Freeman acknowledged an "increased incidence of violent crimes" in his country but said it is related to wider challenges.

"Recent incidents of aggravated burglaries have again given rise to understandable public concern. There are immediate but also wider dimensions to the increased incidence of violent crimes. Our thoughts -- as always -- are with the victims of recent crimes and their families," Freeman said in a statement Saturday. "The effort to deal with violent crime is ongoing. More resources are being dedicated to security needs and more will be available in the future. And all of us with responsibilities for security are committed to seeing the task through."

The U.S. Department of State has not issued any travel advisories for Turks and Caicos and has called the crime rate there low but increasing.

ABC News' Benjamin Gittleson, Eva Pilgrim and Benjamin Stein contributed to this report.